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Want to step down as attorney general, return to private practice: Mukul Rohatgi

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi has told the government that he doesn’t want to continue as the country’s top law official despite being given an extension this month.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2017 22:27 IST
Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Attorney General,Mukul Rohatgi,India's top law official
Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi at the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi has told the government that he wants to step down as the country’s top law official.

Rohatgi said he has completed three years as the country’s top law official and wants to return to private practice.

The National Democratic Alliance government gave an extension to Rohatgi earlier this month but the order did not specify a time frame.

Rohatgi was appointed the AG in June 2014 after the BJP government swept to power in the previous month.

“I want to return to my private practice. I have a good relationship with the government... That’s why I wrote to the government not to extend my term,” Rohatgi told HT.

During his stint, he argued in many contentious matters like the challenge to NJAC Act on appointment of judges for the higher judiciary.

Recently, he assisted the Supreme Court in the ‘triple talaq’ matter in which the court has reserved judgement.

He had served five years as the additional soliciter general during the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 19:59 IST