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Mukul Rohatgi to be attorney general of India

PTI  New Delhi, May 28, 2014
First Published: 18:40 IST(28/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:41 IST(28/5/2014)

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi will be the new attorney general (AG) of India following change in government at the Centre.

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The eminent Supreme Court lawyer told PTI he has been offered the office of the top law officer in the government and he has given consent to it. "I have given my consent but it has to be officially announced," he said.

Rohatgi, who will take over from GE Vahanvati as the 14th AG of the country, said, his top priority would be to "streamline litigations in the Supreme Court."

"I will see that the superior courts are not flooded with frivolous and petty litigations," he said, adding he would make all efforts to check that the government does not involve itself in inter-ministerial litigations.

"I will see and work out that the government department does not involve in litigations with each other," Rohatgi, who had also served as an additional solicitor general during previous NDA regime, said.

Rohatgi, son of former Delhi high court judge justice Awadh Behari Rohatgi, has represented Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases.

A sought-after corporate lawyer, Rohatgi had represented Anil Ambani in the apex court in the gas dispute case between the Ambani brothers.

He has also been representing the Italian embassy in the apex court in a case relating to two Italian marines involved in killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012.

Besides some of these illustrative high-profile cases handled by him, Rohatgi has been appearing on behalf of big corporates in the 2G scam trial.


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