Ranjit Kumar resigns as Solicitor-General of India

Oct 23, 2017 13:32 IST
Ranjit Kumar

Ranjit Kumar on 20 October 2017 resigned as the Solicitor-General of India, the second highest ranking law officer of the Union Government. Kumar cited personal reasons and family commitments for his decision to resign.

Kumar's resignation came within months after the government gave him an extension. His tenure of three years as Solicitor General ended on 6 June 2017, but the government had extended the tenure on an ad hoc basis.

Kumar’s decision to quit the office comes shortly after resignation of Mukul Rohatgi as Attorney-General of India in June 2017.

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About Ranjit Kumar
• A successful senior advocate, Kumar had earlier served as a counsel for the Gujarat government and represented the Gujarat government in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.
• Kumar joined the government’s team of law officers in the Supreme Court in 2014.
• As Solicitor General, Kumar had appeared for the Union Government in the Cauvery river water sharing litigation in which he argued that the government should take the final decision on the water-sharing scheme.
• He also represented the government in a case filed against the use of pellet guns against protestors in Jammu and Kashmir.
• He took the initiative to frame school safety guidelines for students while representing the government in the Ryan International's Pradyuman Thakur murder case.

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