Senior Advocate Tushar Mehta has been appointed as the new Solicitor General of India. He is currently serving as the Additional Solicitor General. The Solicitor General of India is the second-highest rank for a law officer of the government.
He has been serving as the Additional Solicitor General since mid-2014, when the BJP came to power at the centre. He has appeared in many important cases including the challenge to Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.
The post of the second highest ranking law officer of the government had fallen vacant after senior advocate Ranjit Kumar’s resignation in December last year.
The appointments Committee of the cabinet had earlier approved his name as the Solicitor General of India with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the office for a period till June 30,2020, or until further orders.
Solicitor General of India
The Solicitor General of India is below the Attorney General for India, who is the Indian government’s chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. The Solicitor General of India is appointed for the period of 3 years. The Solicitor General of India is the secondary law officer of the country, assists the Attorney General, and is himself assisted by several Additional Solicitors General of India.
Duties of Solicitor General are laid out in Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987
- to give advice to the Government of India upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties of a legal character, as may from time to time, be referred or assigned to him by the Government of India.
- to appear, whenever required, in the Supreme Court or in any High Court on behalf of the Government of India in cases (including suits, writ petitions, appeal and other proceedings) in which the Government of India is concerned as a party or is otherwise interested;
- to represent the Government of India in any reference made by the President to the Supreme Court under Article 143 of the Constitution; and
- to discharge such other functions as are conferred on a Law Officer by or under the Constitution or any other Law for the time being in force.