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New Delhi, October 20: Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, the government’s second-most senior legal officer, on Friday said he has stepped down because he was not able to attend to his family and personal matters due to work.

“I have resigned due to personal, family issues which I need to attend to and was not able to due to my work,” Ranjit Kumar is learned to have written to his colleagues.

He denied any rift with the government and told NDTV news channel that “the government is good to me”.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar is considered an expert on constitutional laws, service matters, and taxation. He earlier served as counsel for the Gujarat government and was an amicus curia in several cases in the Supreme Court before he took over as Solicitor General in June 2014, weeks after the BJP came to power at the Centre.

Among the cases in which Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar represented the Gujarat government was the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in an alleged staged shootout.

The resignation comes over three months after he got an ad-hoc extension of his tenure in June.

Earlier, Mukul Rohatgi — the government’s top legal advisor — resigned as Attorney General of India in June this year citing personal reasons.

K.K. Venugopal took over as Attorney General after Rohatgi stepped down.(IANS)

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New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Monday permitted the STF to take “appropriate steps” under the Code of Criminal Procedure against Vyapam accused so that they may not take advantage of delayed action and seek bail. Vyapam scam

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu said: “In the meanwhile STF will take appropriate proceedings against persons mentioned in memo in accordance with the code of criminal procedure.”

The court order came on an application by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking modification of its July 13 order by which it had handed over the Vyapam investigation to the agency, seeking that the Special Investigation Team/Special Task Force which had been investigating the matter may be permitted to file charge sheets in the cases as it would take some time before the transfer of Vyapam case records to it.

Appearing for CBI, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the court that the intervening period should not be allowed to be taken advantage by the accused whose remand is coming to an end, seeking default bail in the absence of charge sheet being filed within 90 days of their arrest or their bail application going uncontested.

The Supreme Court on July 13 had handed over the Vyapam investigation to the CBI.

(IANS)

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