Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar resigned from his post Friday citing ‘personal reasons’. The law officer said his resignation was on personal grounds and that he now wants to spend more time with his family. The one-line resignation letter reads; “due to certain personal family issues, I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect”.
Kumar confirmed his resignation to the Indian Express. “I confirm resignation due to family issues”, he said.
Official sources meanwhile said the letter has been received in Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s office. The Minister is however away in Bahamas to attend an official event and will be back on October 22 and is likely to take a call on the letter upon his return, the sources added.
In June this year, Kumar got an ad-hoc extension of his tenure. His resignation comes months after Mukul Rohatgi resigned as the Attorney General of India.
Then a senior Supreme Court advocate, Kumar was appointed the Solicitor General (SG) of India in June 2014. He replaced senior advocate Mohan Parasaran, who had tendered his resignation after the BJP-led NDA government took charge.
Considered an expert in Constitutional laws, service matters, and taxation, Kumar had earlier served as counsel for the Gujarat government as well as amicus curiae in several cases in the Supreme Court before taking over as Solicitor General. Among the cases in which he represented the Gujarat government was the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.