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

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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.

Ranjit Kumar

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar was appointed in his post soon after Narendra Modi became the prime minister in May 2014. Mukul Rohatgi was appointed as the Attorney General, the chief legal officer then.

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Rohatgi too resigned from his post in June this year. The Modi government had then appointed KK Venugopal as his successor.

“The government is good to me, but I tendered my resignation due to personal reasons,” Kumar told NDTV.

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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.

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Kumar had earlier represented the Gujarat government. Notable among the cases, where he represented the Gujarat government, was the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

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