Don’t want another stint: Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi

Rohatgi’s tenure ended on June 6 but the Union cabinet decided to reappoint him to the post. On June 3, the Department of Personnel and Training released a notification, extending his tenure as well as those of the solicitor-general and five additional solicitors-general

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 12, 2017 2:29 am
Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi

Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi has requested the Narendra Modi government not to consider him for reappointment to the office of the country’s seniormost government law officer. Rohatgi, away in London, is learnt to have communicated his wish to the government in a letter soon after the Supreme Court completed hearing in the triple talaq matter. A seven-judge bench of the apex court finished hearing the matter on May 18.

Rohatgi’s tenure ended on June 6 but the Union cabinet decided to reappoint him to the post. On June 3, the Department of Personnel and Training released a notification, extending his tenure as well as those of the solicitor-general and five additional solicitors-general. The notification did not mention when the fresh tenure will end.

“The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the extension of term of law officers i.e. Attorney General, Solicitor-General and Additional Solicitors-General (Supreme Court) till further orders,” the notification said.

Rohatgi told PTI that he had written to the government last month conveying his wish to discontinue as Attorney-General and return to private practice. “I have conveyed to the government last month that I don’t wish to seek re-appointment. I consider the three-year term as enough and I had also served the previous BJP government for five years. I would like to return to private practice,” Rohatgi told PTI.

He said the extension given to him by the government earlier this month was “ad hoc”, till further orders, as it was done when the Prime Minister was on a visit to Russia. “So, the government has to take a call on my decision,” he said. Asked about his response if PM Narendra Modi insisted that he continue, Rohatgi said: “I will cross the bridge when it comes.” Besides Rohatgi, two additional solicitors-general, P S Patwalia and Neeraj Kishan Kaul, have also chosen not to seek reappointment.

PTI inputs

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    sonia
    Jun 12, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    What we have is an Attorney General of India who is son of former Delhi High Court judge Justice Awadh Behari Rohatgi he's also said to be a very close ociate of Arun Jaitley Union Minister for Finance, and to former AGI Vahanvati the Attorney General of India is long-time Defense Counsel for mafia dons like Unitech bosses (and other 2G scam-accused) who together have succeeded in draining the country of its economic resources and robbing its citizens of their fundamental/human rights. The fact that AGI Mukul Rohatgi is brother-in-law of Dr KK Aggarwal (President of the pro-doctor/anti-patient Indian Medical ociation, and fierce lobbyist for Ketan Desai, former head of Medical Council of India, accused of massive corruption) is also sheer coincidence, I suppose. This same Attorney General of India with multiple conflicts of interest is in London at present (financial capital of the world). Interesting. Did he submit his Aadhaar/Biometric card details for purchasing air ticket
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      Gift
      Jun 12, 2017 at 3:59 pm
      Commissions and committees are a better bet.
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        Sunil Sharma
        Jun 12, 2017 at 4:05 am
        Jesus called a demon in Gujarat text book MARGAO: The Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco said the Goa Government and its allies are mute spectators as a text book in Gujarat labels Jesus as a demon. "The so called party with a difference the BJP is now overtly revea its true divisive colours on the anti-minority agenda it has when it comes to governance. Incidentally, the Goa has been a model State for its intercommunity peace and coexistence. However, it is surprising the government or its allies have not uttered a single word to criticise the mistake of the Gujarat govt," Aleixo said. “Gujarat has again proved it’s hard core Hindutava agenda when its cl 9th Hindi text book described Lord Jesus Christ as ‘hevaan isha’, that is, demon or evil spirit or devil,” Reginaldo criticised. “What happened to our other fello
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          Rabi Mishra
          Jun 12, 2017 at 6:41 am
          Do you know that the Christian missionaries described the great temple of Lord Jagannath in Puri (Odisha) as "Devil's Head Quaters"? Keep quiet. History has its own twists & turns.
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