Fifty eight-year-old Kumar, who joins a growing list of lawyer-turned ministers in the UPA-II Cabinet, returns to the Union government after a gap having had a stint in the Congress-led alliance's first term.
Kumar, who is a practicing senior lawyer in the Supreme Court, comes from a family with a political background.
A former Congress national spokesperson, Kumar is son of Prabodh Chandra - a former Speaker of Punjab Assembly.
Born in Delhi, he has written several articles on law, economic reforms, elections, democracy and international affairs.
Re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2002, Kumar was the Minister of State of Industries in the UPA-I.
An active Parliamentarian, he was member in the Committee on External Affairs and Committee on Public Accounts.
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