Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigns

NEW DELHI: Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, who was appointed as the Solicitor General of India by the NDA Government on June 7, 2014, today resigned from office citing “personal reasons”.

Kumar, who held the post of country’s second highest law officer for over three years, has represented the Centre in the Apex Court in crucial cases including the pleas against demonetisation and rising pollution.

He is the second law officer to quit after Mukul Rohatgi, who had resigned as the Attorney General in June this year.

Kumar, a constitutional law expert, has assisted the Apex Court in deciding the issue whether a State Government can grant pardon to the death row convicts in cases which are probed and prosecuted by central agencies like CBI. The issue had arisen out of the decision of the Tamil Nadu Government to set free the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

While Kumar confirmed that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for “personal reasons”. (AGENCIES)


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