Parasaran replaces Rohinton

New Delhi, Feb. 8: Mohan Parasaran was today appointed solicitor-general, the country's second most important law officer, days after Rohinton Nariman resigned from the post.

Parasaran, the eldest son of former attorney-general K. Parasaran, has been additional solicitor-general since July 29, 2004.

"I am happy at my new assignment. It would definitely be a tough job. I have to advise the government on all important and crucial issues. I will be giving honest and sincere advice on all important issues," Parasaran, 52, told The Telegraph late tonight.

Parasaran has appeared in a number of constitutional and taxation matters and successfully defending the levy of luxury tax before the Constitution bench.

He also appeared in writ petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the MPLADS scheme in which the Supreme Court ruled in the government's favour.

The law officer is also assisting the government on the PIL filed by the People's Union for Civil Liberties in the top court for monitoring various welfare schemes concerning food security.

He had represented the Centre in various taxation disputes and in the dispute with Mukesh Ambani on falling output at the KGD6 oil field.

Parasaran has also been a member of several committees, including that on the introduction of GST.

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