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Sunday, June 11, 2017

India's Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi Resigns

On the day his three-year tenure was set to end, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi wrote to the central government saying that he doesn't want an extension as the country’s top law officer.
Rohatgi's letter has come nearly a week after the government notified extension to his tenure as the Attorney General and four other law officers till further orders.
Declining an extension to his term, Rohatgi, in his letter, cited personal reasons and expressed satisfaction over his term. Speaking to the CNN-News18, Rohatgi confirmed his willingness to quit and said he wants to return to private practice.
Rohatgi was drafted in as additional solicitor general for Supreme Court by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999. He said he has served as a law officer for five years for the Vajpayee government and now three years under the Modi government and now wants to return to his private practice.
Rohatgi had written to the government about his desire not to continue as AG in the last week of May, shortly after arguing for Centre in triple talaq case.
Son of former Delhi High Court judge Justice Awadh Behari Rohatgi, he represented the Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases.

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