Govt retains Rohatgi as Attorney General and Kumar as Solicitor General

Govt retains Rohatgi as Attorney General and Kumar as Solicitor General

The Union government has extended the term of country’s top law officers Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar. The three-year term of both the officers was coming to end in June.  The Appointments Committee of Cabinet has extended the term of Rohatgi and Kumar, along with five other Additional Solicitor Generals of India.

 The Prime Minister’s Office and the Law Ministry had earlier sent informal messages to the senior lawyers that the government was keen to retain them on the post.

 According to the convention, the Law Minister speaks to the law officers to seek their consent, which is later reproduced in notifications of their appointment.

 Rohatgi was appointed as Attorney General on June 11, 2014 while Kumar to the post of Solicitor General on June 7, 2014.

 The ASGs, whose term was extended, are Pinky Anand, Maninder Singh, P S Patwalia, P S Narasimha and Tushar Mehta.

 Among six Additional Solicitors General (ASGs), Neeraj Kishan Kaul, however, has expressed his desire to demit the office on completion of his term.

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