Senior Supreme Court lawyer Mukul Rohatgi is expected to be the nation's next top law officer while an alternate senior legal counsellor Ranjit Kumar is required to be named as the Solicitor General. Sources in the administration said both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley have chosen to offer the post of Attorney General (AG) to Rohatgi.
Outgoing AG Goolam E Vahanvati gave his resignation on Tuesday and with critical cases including the Center heading up in the eyes of the Apex court in the impending days. Rohatgi's appointment and that of the SG and other law officers is going to take place soon.
The errand letters are prone to be issued to the concerned in a couple of days. Interestingly, it was throughout the past NDA administration that Rohatgi had a stint as a law officer in the legislature of India —as additional solicitor general.
One of the country’s highest paid lawyers, Rohatgi was the lawyer of Narendra Modi-led previous Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in many 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases.
When asked if he would accept the post considering that it would result in substantial decrease in his income, Rohatgi said, “Whatever I am is because of the legal profession. If there is a chance for me to give something back to the country and my profession, money should not be a factor.”
The man who is going to be the the next SG, Ranjit Kumar, has also been a regular counsel for the Gujarat government in various matters. These include almost all cases pertaining to post-Godhra riots, Best Bakery and, the recent, snooping row in which the state government was a party. Meanwhile, except for three additional solicitors general, all other law officers have submitted their resignations to the Law Ministry.
The unofficial news of these top level would-be appointments have become the talk of the town as the people in black coat in the legal corridors of India are in apprehensive moods.
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