Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar Resigns, Says Wants to Spend More Time With Family
New Delhi, October 20: Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigned on Friday citing personal reasons. According to reports, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, in his letter to the Law Ministry, said he wants to spend more time with his family.
“I have resigned due to personal reasons. I am not being able to give time to my family,” CNN-News 18 quoted Ranjit Kumar, as saying.
Earlier this year, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had also stepped down on similar grounds. The tenure of Rohatgi was officially scheduled to conclude in June 2019.
The Appointments Committee of Cabinet had extended Ranjit Kumar’s term in June this year. Reports say Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is the top runner to replace Ranjit Kumar.
Kumar had been a counsel for the Gujarat government and amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is considered front-runner for the post.
Among the cases he represented were the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. Recently, he appeared before the Supreme Court on behalf of the family of a woman, who was at the centre of “snoopgate” controversy in which Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s name had figured. Kumar had also represented Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case pending in a Bangalore court.