‘Personal Reasons’; Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar Resigns


New Delhi: Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the country’s second-most senior legal officer, has resigned citing personal reasons. The senior advocate was appointed Solicitor General in 2014, soon after the Narendra Modi government came to power at the Centre.

Mukul Rohatgi was appointed Attorney General, the government’s chief legal advisor, at that time. Mr Rohatgi had resigned in June this year, declining an extension of his three-year term. He too had cited personal reasons. KK Venugopal took over as Attorney General.

When Mr Rohatgi reigned, there was speculation that Ranjit Kumar could quit too, but he had continued as Solicitor General. He was lately not handling very important cases in the Supreme Court.

The law officer said his resignation was on personal grounds and that he now wants to spend more time with his family. The one-line resignation letter reads; “due to certain personal family issues, I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect”.

Considered an expert in Constitutional laws, service matters, and taxation, Kumar had earlier served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court before taking over as Solicitor General. Among the cases in which he represented the Gujarat government was the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.