Centre set to get four new ASGs, triple talaq advocate under consideration

Those being considered for the office are advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan and senior advocates Aman Lekhi, Sandeep Sethi and Vikramjit Banerjee, sources said.

Written by Ananthakrishnan G | New Delhi | Published: February 15, 2018 2:05:57 am
Centre set to get 4 new ASGs, triple talaq advocate under consideration The Centre currently has five ASGs in the Supreme Court —Tushar Mehta, Maninder Singh, Pinky Anand, P S Narsimha and Atmaram Nadkarni. (Representational Image)

The Centre is set to elevate at least four more advocates as Additional Solicitors-General. Those being considered for the office are advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan and senior advocates Aman Lekhi, Sandeep Sethi and Vikramjit Banerjee, sources said.

Divan played a key role in helping the Centre firm up its stand in the instant triple talaq case in the Supreme Court. A five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court had struck down instant triple talaq by a 3-2 majority verdict.

A law writer and columnist in journals and newspapers, Divan has represented the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat in many cases in the apex court.

Sethi is a senior lawyer from the Delhi High Court, while Lekhi has appeared in several important cases including the coal scam cases, 2G case and Commonwealth Games scam case.

Banerjee is a postgraduate in law from Leicester University and a Chevening scholar. He writes on law, culture and religion.

The Centre currently has five ASGs in the Supreme Court —Tushar Mehta, Maninder Singh, Pinky Anand, P S Narsimha and Atmaram Nadkarni. The government does not have a Solicitor General. The post has been vacant since the resignation of Ranjit Kumar in October last year.

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