Abhishek Singhvi

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Abhishek Singhvi
Abhishek Manu Singhvi at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg
Member of parliament
Personal details
Born (1959-02-24) 24 February 1959 (age 55)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Anita Singhvi
Relations Laxmi Mall Singhvi (father)
Children 2
Residence New Delhi, India
Alma mater University of Delhi
Trinity College, Cambridge
Harvard University
Profession Senior Advocate
Religion Jainism
Website www.drabhisheksinghvi.com

Abhishek Manu Singhvi (born 24 February 1959) is an Indian politician belonging to Indian National Congress party, he is also a Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. He was formerly the spokesperson of the Congress party.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Abhishek Singhvi was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan to Kamla and Laxmi Mall Singhvi, a renowned lawyer and India's former High Commissioner to the UK, who belonged to Bharatiya Janta Party but now with Indian National Congress.

He completed his St. Columba's School. He obtained B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., PIL educated at St. Stephen's College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard University . Singhvi completed his Ph.D. under constitutional lawyer Sir William Wade of Cambridge University. The topic of his doctoral dissertation at Cambridge University was on Emergency Powers.[2]

Family and personal life[edit]

Abhishek Singhvi is married to ghazal and Sufi singer Anita Singhvi. They have two sons, Anubhav (born 1st Dec 1984) and Avishkar (born 12th Oct 1987).

Abhishek was born on 24 February 1959 in Jaipur, Rajasthan. His father Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi was a renowned lawyer and India's former High Commissioner to the UK. He was elected to Rajya Sabha (1998–2004) as a member of the Indian National Congress. His mother’s name is Kamla Singhvi.[3]

The MPs who have declared the highest remuneration-cumulative of directorship, regular remunerated activity and professional engagement-include Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who tops the chart at Rs 50 crore per annum.[4]

Positions Held[edit]

1997-98 Additional Solicitor General of India 2001 onwards National Spokesperson, Indian National Congress April 2006 Elected to Rajya Sabha Aug. 2006 - May 2009 and Aug. 2009-July 2011 Member, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Aug. 2006 - Aug. 2007 Member, Joint Committee on Offices of Profit Member, Joint Committee to examine the Constitutional and Legal position relating to Office of Profit Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Urban Development Sept. 2006 - Sept. 2010 Member, Committee of Privileges July 2010 onwards Member, Consultative Committee for the Ministry of External Affairs July 2011 onwards Chairman, Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice Member, General Purposes Committee [5]


He was awarded and acknowledged by the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award in 1999.[citation needed] He was invited to hold lectures on Federalism in 2007, with that lecture being printed in the IIPA journal apart from the best essay.[citation needed]

The Past Sex Tape Scandal[edit]

In 2012, there was a sex tape released of Abhishek Singhvi where allegedly he was seen having sex with a female lawyer. The Delhi High Court restrained a media house from publishing, telecasting and broadcasting the contents of the sex tape.[6] Singhvi claimed that such a CD either does not exist or if it does, it is clearly and obviously morphed, fabricated and forged.[7][8] Later, on 18 April, Congress party, the party to which Singhvi belongs released a statement declaring that the CD was a personal matter of the senior lawyer.[9] On 19 April the video went public on Facebook, YouTube and other social networking sites.[10][11] Singhvi then blamed social media sites for sensationalism and claimed an organised gang was involved in broadcasting CD contents despite a court injunction.[12] On 23 April 2012 he quit as chairperson of Parliament Standing Committee on Law and Justice and as the Congress spokesperson.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Cong calls for stern action". The Times Of India. October 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ http://india.gov.in/govt/rajyasabhampbiodata.php?mpcode=2029
  3. ^ http://www.matpal.com/2012/04/abhishek-manu-singhavi-biography.html
  4. ^ Dhawan Himanshi (November 18, 2011). "Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vijay Mallya are top earners in Rajya Sabha". The Times Of India. TNN. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.matpal.com/2012/04/abhishek-manu-singhavi-biography.html
  6. ^ "Delhi HC bans publication of purported Abhishek Manu Singhvi sex tape". April 17, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "HC restrains media on Abhishek Manu Singhvi's plea on alleged CD against him". April 16, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ Abhishek singhvi filed a suit CS(OS)978/2012 along with one Mr. Abhimanyu Bhandari as co-plaintiff. It is not clear what is the locus of Abhimanyu Bhandari to file a suit. An I A was also filed to grant temporary injunction. However, later the suit was compromised. The criminal law experts have to say whether the alleged offence is compoundable or not. It appears that a compromise application was filed by Mr Bhandari on behalf of Singhvi. This can be done only if he has the power of attorney of Mr Singhvi. [1] [2]
  9. ^ "CD row Singhvi's personal matter: Congress". IBNLive. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Alleged video on Youtube
  11. ^ "Controversial Abhishek Manu Singhvi video goes public on Facebook, YouTube". April 19, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ "CD row: Abhishek Manu Singhvi slams social networking sites". DNA. Apr 21, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  13. ^ "CD controversy: Abhishek Manu Singhvi quits as Congress spokesperson, parliamentary panel chief". Times of India. April 23, 2012. 
  14. ^ "CD row: Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi quits official posts". IBN Live. 

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