Ranjit Kumar resigns as SG, cites personal issues

Ranjit Kumar resigns as SG, cites personal issues

Ranjit Kumar resigns as SG, cites personal issues

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

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the government's second-most senior legal officer, resigned from the post on Friday.

To help him, the Government had appointed a team of Additional Solicitor Generals (ASGs). On Friday, however, he denied that he was in contention for the appointment.

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During his tenure as a Solicitor General, Kumar has represented the Centre in several sensitive and high profile cases like the pellet gun issue in Jammu and Kashmir, the Cauvery water dispute, the environmental matter pertaining to the ban of diesel cars among others. The Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad had claimed they were terrorists plotting to kill Mr Modi, who was then Gujarat chief minister.

Kumar confirmed his resignation to the Indian Express.

Asked whether he had any misunderstanding with the government or any reservations in continuing as SG, Kumar said, "I had an excellent relationship with the government and have no reason to complain". Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is away in the Bahamas to attend the Commonwealth law ministers conference.

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Ranjit Kumar, who was re-engaged as solicitor general for two years in July, told TOI that his family members had health issues, which required long-term treatment.

Ranjit Kumar became the government's second top legal officer to step down after Mukul Rohatgi resigned as Attorney General of India in June this year. In the case, on the use of pellets against students of Jammu and Kashmir during agitations, he rejected the Supreme Court's suggestion for the Centre to hold talks with separatists.

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