Additional Solicitor General Current Affairs - 2019

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Sanjay Jain, K M Nataraj appointed as Additional Solicitor Generals

President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed senior advocates Sanjay Jain and K M Nataraj as Additional Solicitor Generals of India. The appointments were made by the President as per the recommendations of the Appointments Committee of the cabinet.

Appointments Committee of the Cabinet

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet is headed by Prime Minister and the Home Minister is the member of the committee. The Appointments Committee of the cabinet is responsible for making recommendations for the several important positions under the Government of India.

Additional Solicitor General

Additional Solicitor General, ASG is the third important law office of the country in the hierarchy. The post of ASG is neither constitutional nor statutory. The post of ASG is governed by Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987.

Madhavi Divan appointed as the new Additional Solicitor General

The Union government has appointed advocate Madhavi Goradia Divan as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) in the government of India. She will hold office of ASG till 30 June, 2020 and will appear in the Supreme Court on behalf of the government of India.

She is the third woman to hold the post of ASG.  Senior advocate Indira Jaising was the first woman in India to become ASG. Pinky Anand was the second woman and she still holds the post.

About Madhavi Divan:

  • Madhavi Divan began her legal career from the Bombay High Court.
  • She has represented the states of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat in judicial proceedings.
  • She is married to Senior Advocate Shyam Divan, who recently appeared in the right to privacy case as a lawyer for the petitioners.
  • She played a great role in getting Triple Talaq getting criminalised by the Supreme Court of India.
  • Also, she advocated against giving the death penalty by the courts for the rape of minor victims.

The Additional Solicitor General of India, also known as the ASG,  is the third-ranked law-officer in the Indian government. The post of ASG is not constitutional as the constitution does not have any provisions regarding this. The seat of the Additional Solicitor-General of India may be at New Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai or Allahabad as the Government of India specifies.