Senior advocate Mohan Parasaran will be the new solicitor general of India. He will replace Rohinton Nariman as the second highest ranking law officer of the government, who quit on Monday.
Parasaran has been working as an additio nal solicitor general since the UPA government came to power in May 2004, and is among the seniormost law officers of the government, along with attorney general GE Vahanvati.
Official sources said a formal announcement is expected to be made soon since his name has been cle ared at the government's top level.
Cambridge educated 51 year-old Mohan, is the son of veteran lawyer and nominated Rajya Sabha MP, K Parasaran, who was attorney general between 1985 and 1989 during the tenure of former PM, Rajiv Gandhi.
Mohan began his legal career in 1984 and was designated as a senior advocate in 2002. On the new responsibility, he said "I have given my consent to the government, though I am yet to receive a formal and final communication."
He added, "Matters relating to public interest would be the priority. Law officers have to be responsible towards the society."
During his nine-year stint as an ASG, Mohan handled a number of cases for the government in the Supreme Court.