Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India. The senior lawyer will assume the office of the Solicitor General till June 30, 2020. The post had been lying vacant since October last year when the then Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar had resigned.
Solicitor General is the second highest ranking law officer of the government after the Attorney General.
Mr Mehta has been serving as the Additional Solicitor General since 2014, when the Narendra Modi-led government came to power at the centre. He has appeared for the central government in many prominent cases, including the challenge to Section 66A of Information Technology Act.
"The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Mehta, senior advocate, as the Solicitor General of India with effect from the date of assumption of charge of office for a period till 30.06.2020," the order issued by the Personnel Ministry said.
With inputs from PTI