Senior Advocate Tushar Mehta was on October 10, 2018 appointed as the Solicitor General of India with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the office for a period till June 30, 2020 or until further orders.
His appointment was approved by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet. Presently, Mehta is serving as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India. He was appointed ASG in 2014 after the Modi government came to power.
The post of the Solicitor General of India has been lying vacant for the last 11 months after Senior Advocate Ranjith Kumar resigned on October 20, 2017. The Solicitor General is the second highest ranking law officer of the Union Government after the Attorney General.
About Tushar Mehta
• Tushar Mehta was serving as the Gujarat Advocate General when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was then the Chief Minister of the state.
• He moved to Delhi after the Narendra Modi government named him the Additional Solicitor General.
• Mehta has handled several controversial cases including Justice BH Loya’s death and the arrest of the five activists by the Maharashtra police.
• He is also representing the UP government in the Ayodhya land dispute case pending before a three-judge SC bench.
• He was recently named special prosecutor to handle the 2G spectrum case.
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