Ranjit Kumar quits as solicitor general

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar tendered his resignation to the Law Ministry today

The Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar has resigned from his post, media outlets are reporting.

Kumar's decision to resign comes months after former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi resigned to return to private practice in June.

"I have resigned due to personal, family issues which I need to attend to and was not able to due to my work", Ranjit Kumar is learned to have written to his colleagues. There are few ASGs to handle the bulk of cases in the apex court and the pressure was on Kumar to represent the Government in high-profile cases.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar was appointed in his post soon after Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May 2014. At present, there are four additional solicitors general in the SC - Maninder Singh, Tushar Mehta, P S Narsimha and Pinky Anand. Kumar's resignation, submitted to the law ministry, will take some time to be accepted. Among the cases in which he represented the Gujarat government was the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Kumar had got extension of his tenure in june this year.

He denied any rift with the government, saying he was satisfied with the way the government treated him. He has always been the Amicus Curie in many cases in the Supreme Court.

The SG's post is quite crucial as being the second-highest law officer after the Attorney-General, the office of the SG handles important cases involving the Centre and States in the SC. The constitutional expert also assisted the Supreme Court in deciding the issue of whether a state government can grant pardon to death row convicts in cases probed and prosecuted by Central agencies like the CBI.



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