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Updated: May 26, 2014 04:20 IST

Rohatgi may be next Attorney-General

J. Venkatesan
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Mukul Rohatgi
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Mukul Rohatgi

He successfully defended Centre in Supreme Court in many cases, including the Kudankulam case

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is likely to succeed G.E. Vahanvati as the next Attorney-General. Mr. Vahanvati is expected to resign on Tuesday.

Though senior advocate Harish Salve was also considered for the post along with some others, the choice narrowed down to Mr. Rohatgi, who had appeared for the Gujarat government in a number of cases, sources said.

Meanwhile, Solicitor-General Mohan Parasaran has resigned to enable the Modi government to appoint a new person to the post. He assumed charge in February 2013 after senior advocate Rohinton Nariman resigned.

Mr. Parasaran told The Hindu that he had sent his resignation to the Law Secretary for the new government to consider.

He said Additional Solicitors-General Indira Jaising, L. Nageswara Rao, Siddharth Luthra and K.V. Viswanathan had already put in their papers. Mr. Parasaran successfully defended the Union government in the Supreme Court in many cases, including the Kudankulam nuclear power plant case.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar is the top contender for the post of Solicitor-General.

Those who are being considered for the post of ASGs are — senior advocate Maninder Singh (he was a junior of BJP leader Arun Jaitley), senior advocate Indu Malhotra and the present Additional Advocate-General of Gujarat, Tushar Mehta.

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