PM Modi-led ACC accepts Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar’s resignation
Additional Solicitors General Tushar Mehta and Maninider Singh are among the front runners for the position.india Updated: Nov 01, 2017 23:37 IST
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the resignation of Ranjit Kumar as Solicitor General of India on Wednesday, kicking off the process of appointing his replacement.
Kumar had resigned on October 20 citing personal reasons. He had recently been given a second term as the SG at the end of his three year term.
Mukul Rohatgi had written to the government in June saying he was not interested in a second term as attorney general after which senior advocate KK Venugopal was appointed as new attorney general.
Informed sources said Additional Solicitors General Tushar Mehta and Maninider Singh are among the front runners for the position. The law ministry is yet to send a list of probables to the Prime Minister’s Office to select the next SG.
Mehta had recently obtained special permission from the ministry to represent BJP president Amit Shah’s son in a defamation case last month. He had appeared in the the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case as the Gujarat government’s counsel when Modi was the chief minister.