Mukul Rohatgi asks government to relieve him from Attorney General post

Not Interested In Extension Of Term: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi To Government

A week after being given an extension by the Central Government, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Sunday said that he is not willing to continue in office and will resign from the post as the term ends.

As a top law officer, Rohatgi defended the government's policy of demonetisation in which the high denomination currency of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 were declared as not a legal tender.

Rohatgi's decision comes barely a week after his term was extended- for an indefinite period- by the government.

When reached out, Law Ministry officials expressed surprise over the move claiming that they hadn't any intimation in this regard so far from the Attorney General. I have a good relationship with the government. Speaking to the channel, Rohatgi said he wants to return to his practice.

Mr. Rohatgi, way back in 1999, became the additional solicitor general under the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Rohatgi was appointed as the AG immediately after the BJP government came to power in May 2014 and during the stint, he argued in many contentious matters like the challenge to NJAC Act on appointment of judges for the higher judiciary. Another notable feature is his assistance in the "Triple Talaq" case against which the judgement is reserved.

Rohatgi, who has served as the 14th attorney general of India, represented the Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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