Modi government’s second-most senior legal officer Ranjit Kumar resigns

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New Delhi. Indian government’s second-most senior legal officer, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, has resigned citing personal reasons on Friday. The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today.

The office of Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad received his resignation letter today. While Kumar confirmed to PTI that he had resigned, sources close to him said it was for “personal reasons”.

He was appointed solicitor general in June 2014 after the Modi government came to power. His second term as solicitor general was renewed recently.

There was speculation a few months ago that the Supreme Court collegium was considering his name as a judge of the apex court.

Recently, Mukul Rohatgi had written to the government that he was not interested in a second term as attorney general.

After Rohatgi’s resignation, Kumar was tipped to be the new AG, but the government chose Venugopal over him. Kumar had also represented then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case pending in a Bangalore court.​ But, sources said that he was handling very important cases of the Modi government.

With Input From PTI and JKR

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