Central government of Monday expanded its pool of lawyers to represent it in honourable supreme court with extending KK Venugopal tenure as the Attorney General of India for one more year starting from July 1.
While the previous six additional solicitor generals, namely Vikramjit Banerjee, Aman Lekhi, Madhavi Goradia Divan, K M Natraj and Sanjay Jain continue in their posts, the government has appointed six more additional solicitor generals – namely Balbir Singh, Suryaprakash V Raju, Rupinder Singh Suri, M Venkataraman, Jayant K Sud and Aishwarya Bhati. A notification in this regard has been issued by Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension yesterday.
Out of the six new names, the two names highlighted had represented Amit Shah and his son Jay Shah in various cases. While Suryaprakash V. Raju has represented Amit Shah in the controversial Sohrabuddin “encounter” case, Aishwarya Bhati had been Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s lawyer in the defamation case against The Wire. He had also opposed the Right to Privacy in Supreme Court during the hearing of the case. Not only this, RS Suri had been blamed of winning the 2016 SCBA elections with BJP backing.
This revelation has raised the serious question among the pool of advocates that whether the pool of advocates have been chosen as per the government’s directives or Amit Shah’s choice.