Published: Sat, October 21, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar resigns for personal reasons

Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar resigns for personal reasons

Months after Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi put in his papers, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigned on Friday citing "personal reasons". Mr Mukul Rohatgi resigned as attorney-general in June and did not accept a second term in office.

Kumar spoke to CNN-News18 and said that he has resigned due to personal reasons.

While confirming his resignation, Mr Kumar told this newspaper that due to his busy schedule and responsibilities as solicitor-general, he was not able to attend to certain health issues faced by members of his family.

Kumar was appointed by the Modi government in June 2014, shortly after the BJP came to power at the Centre.

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Kumar confirmed his resignation to the Indian Express. At present, there are four additional solicitors general in the SC - Maninder Singh, Tushar Mehta, P S Narsimha and Pinky Anand.

The resignation comes over three months after he got an ad-hoc extension of his tenure in June.

He denied any rift with the government, saying he was satisfied with the way the government treated him.

Among the cases in which he represented the Gujarat government was the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged staged shootout. Before the post of Solicitor General, kumar has served in supreme court as counsel for the Gujarat government. It is the post of second highest senior legal officer in the country. Earlier when Mr Rohatgi reigned, there was speculation that Ranjit Kumar could resign too. He has always been the Amicus Curie in many cases in the Supreme Court. Kumar has handled many high-profile cases in his professional career, including representing the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in a corruption case.

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