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Top law officers put in papers

New Delhi, May 27: Attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati and solicitor-general Mohan Parasaran today sent their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, setting in motion the race for the coveted posts under the new dispensation.

While Vahanvati was not available for comment, Parasaran confirmed to The Telegraph that his resignation was formally sent to the Prime Minister today along with that of the attorney-general.

The names of senior advocates Mukul Rohtagi and noted constitutional expert Anil Divan are doing the rounds for the post of attorney-general.

Another senior counsel, Harish Salve, was initially stated to be the obvious choice for the post. However, it is learnt that Salve, who has a flourishing private practice, was not keen on accepting it.

For the post of the solicitor-general, the second most important law officer post, senior advocate Ranjit Kumar is being seen in legal circles as the obvious choice.

Kumar, who is known for his legal skills and lung power, has been appearing for the Gujarat government in various cases before the apex court.