Second top law officer quits, says reason is 'personal'


The Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar has resigned from his post, media outlets are reporting. Mr Mukul Rohatgi resigned as attorney-general in June and did not accept a second term in office. In a letter addressed to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Kumar cited "personal" grounds behind his decision to resign. There been rumours few months ago that his name was in the consideration as a judge of the apex court but there been no confirmation over this.

After the formation of NDA government under the leadership of Narendra Modi in the center, Ranjit Kumar was appointed as a solicitor general for three years in June 2014.

Additional Solicitor General and senior advocate Tushar Mehta is likely to be appointed as the next Solicitor General, sources told India Today.

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He denied any rift with the government, saying he was satisfied with the way the government treated him. In the case, on the use of pellets against students of Jammu and Kashmir during agitations, he rejected the Supreme Court's suggestion for the Centre to hold talks with separatists. It is the post of second highest senior legal officer in the country.

During his tenure as a Solicitor General, Kumar has represented the Centre in several sensitive and high profile cases like the pellet gun issue in Jammu and Kashmir, the Cauvery water dispute, the environmental matter pertaining to the ban of diesel cars among others. The issue had arisen out of the decision of the Tamil Nadu government to set free the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Before the post of Solicitor General, kumar has served in supreme court as counsel for the Gujarat government.