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Rohtagi to be attorney general

New Delhi, May 28: Senior lawyer Mukul Rohtagi’s name has been cleared by the government for appointment as the country’s new attorney general. Sources said the notification would be issued tomorrow.

Asked about his priorities, Rohtagi told The Telegraph today: “My top priority would be to streamline the litigation process in the country. I want to ensure that frivolous and vexatious litigation come to an end. Efforts would also be made to cut down litigation involving government departments and public sector undertakings.”

The senior lawyer, who is close to Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad, is a popular figure in the Supreme Court. Rohtagi is known to be down-to-earth, friendly and affable and a good paymaster for the lawyers and clerks under him. He had encouraged one of his clerks to complete his LLB and inducted him into his legal team.

Rohtagi was an additional solicitor-general in the earlier NDA government and has since appeared in several high-profile cases. Recently, he appeared for the Bengal government in the Saradha default case in which the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe. He also represented a number of 2G accused and is a counsel for industrialist Anil Ambani. He had earlier appeared for the Italian government and the two marines facing trial for shooting Indian fishermen.

Another senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, tipped to become the solicitor-general, said he was yet to receive any formal order.

Protem Speaker

Congress leader Kamal Nath will be the protem Speaker, parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said.