The post was vacant since October 20, 2017 after the resignation of Ranjit Kumar
Senior Advocate Tushar Mehta has been appointed Solicitor General of India. Mehta is currently serving as the Additional Solicitor General, reported news agency ANI.
The post was vacant since October 20, 2017 after the resignation of Ranjit Kumar, the report added.
The appointment comes after more than 10 months of the post lying vacant.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mehta as 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.
The post of the second highest ranking law officer of the government had fallen vacant after senior advocate Ranjit Kumar's resignation in October last year.
Mehta who hails from Gujarat has been serving as Additional Solicitor General since mid-2014 when the BJP came to power at the Centre. He has appeared for Centre in many significant cases including the challenge to Section 66A of Information Technology Act.