The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has reappointed Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India for a three-year term. This decision was made following the conclusion of Mehta’s previous term in the Supreme Court, along with the terms of six other law officers.
The reappointment of Tushar Mehta, along with the other law officers, highlights the government’s confidence in their abilities to effectively handle the legal challenges faced by the country. As the Solicitor General, Mehta will continue to play a crucial role in representing the government in legal matters and providing legal advice.
This reappointment reflects the government’s recognition of the expertise and experience of Tushar Mehta and the other law officers, and their ability to navigate complex legal issues on behalf of the nation.
- Alongside Tushar Mehta’s reappointment as the Solicitor General of India, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has also granted extensions to six other law officers as Additional Solicitor Generals (ASGs) in the Supreme Court. However, the specific durations of their extended terms are yet to be issued.
- The law officers who have been granted extensions as ASGs include Vikramjeet Banerjee, KM Nataraj, Balbir Singh, Suryaprakash V Raju, N Venkatraman, and Aishwarya Bhati.
- The ACC’s decision to extend its terms underscores the significance of its expertise and contributions in representing and defending the government’s interests in complex legal matters before the Supreme Court.
- These ASGs play vital roles in providing legal counsel, arguing cases, and representing the government in various legal proceedings at the highest judicial level.
- The extension of their terms reflects the government’s acknowledgment of their valuable services and their continued role in upholding the country’s legal interests.
About Solicitor General of India
The Solicitor General of India is the second-highest law officer in India, after the Attorney General of India. The Solicitor General is appointed by the President of India, on the advice of the Government of India.
The Solicitor General is responsible for representing the Union of India in the Supreme Court of India and in other high courts. They also advise the Government of India on legal matters. The Solicitor General is assisted by a number of Additional Solicitors General, who are also appointed by the President of India.
The duties of the Solicitor General of India are laid out in Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987
- Providing advice to the Government of India on legal matters: The Solicitor General and ASGs offer legal advice and guidance to the government on various legal issues, helping the government make informed decisions.
- Representing the Government in courts: The Solicitor General and ASGs appear on behalf of the Government of India in the Supreme Court and High Courts in cases where the government is a party or has a vested interest. They present arguments, make submissions, and advocate for the government’s position.
- Handling presidential references: In cases where the President of India seeks the opinion of the Supreme Court under Article 143 of the Constitution, the Solicitor General and ASGs represent the government and present their views before the court.
- Performing other assigned legal duties: The Solicitor General and ASGs may be assigned additional legal functions by the government or mandated by the Constitution or other laws in force. These duties may vary depending on the specific requirements of the government and the legal framework.
Overall, the Solicitor General and ASGs play crucial roles in providing legal expertise, representing the government’s interests, and fulfilling their obligations as per the Constitution and other relevant laws.
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Solicitor General of India – FAQs
What are the qualifications to become the Solicitor General?
A person must be a citizen of India.
A person must be a qualified advocate of the Supreme Court of India.
A person must have a minimum of 10 years of experience as an advocate.