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Obama nominates Indian American for US attorney in NY

india Updated: May 17, 2009 14:53 IST
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A Punjab-born Indian American lawyer has been nominated by President Barack Obama as the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, considered the most prestigious federal prosecutor's post outside Washington.

A Harvard graduate, Bharara currently is Chief Counsel for Senator Charles Schumer from New York.

Obama announced the nomination of Bharara along with four other nominations for various US attorneys -- Tristram Coffin, Jenny Durkan, Paul Fishman, John Paul Kacavas and Joyce Vance, the White House said.

"This group of men and women have distinguished themselves as fair, tenacious and respected attorneys throughout their careers in both public and private service," Obama said in a statement.

"They will serve their country with distinction as US Attorneys and it is my honour to nominate them for these esteemed positions," he said.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bharara would lead an office that is considered the most prestigious federal prosecutor's post outside Washington, with a focus on securities fraud, white-collar crime, public corruption and terrorism, The New York Times reported.

Named the 2007 South Asian Lawyer of the Year by the North American South Asian Bar Association, Bharara served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts from 2005 to 2009.

During his tenure, Bharara helped lead the Senate Judiciary Committee investigation into the firing of eight US attorneys.

From 2000 to 2005, he served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, working in the General Crimes, Narcotics, and Organised Crime/Terrorism Units.

From 1993 to 2000, he worked in private practice as a litigation associate - at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman in New York from 1996 to 2000 and at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in New York from 1993 to 1996.

Born in Punjab, Bharara came to the US as an infant and is a naturalised citizen. He grew up in Monmouth County, New Jersey.