Ashwani Kumar

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Ashwani Kumar
Ashwani Kumar at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg
Law Minister of India
In office
October 2012 – 10th May, 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Salman Khurshid
Succeeded by Kapil Sibal
Personal details
Born (1952-10-26) 26 October 1952 (age 61)
Delhi, India
Died -
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Madhu Kumar (1975-2012)
Children 1 son
1 daughter
Alma mater University of Delhi

Ashwani Kumar (born 26 October 1952), a politician from the Indian National Congress party. He held the portfolio of parliamentary affairs and the Minister of Law. He is a Member of the Parliament of India representing Punjab in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

Kumar was born in Delhi and is married to Mrs. Madhu Kumar and have one son and one daughter. Kumar is also a member of Indo-Japan Parliamentary Group.

Coalgate Draft Report Controversy[edit]

In April 2013, on the behest of the Honorable Supreme Court of India, The CBI director, Ranjit Sinha, submitted an affidavit stating that the draft investigative report on the Indian coal allocation scam was vetted by Ashwani Kumar before it was submitted to the court.[1] There was widespread outrage on this issue as it undermined the autonomy of the CBI. The opposition demanded his resignation.[2] Observing this the Supreme Court scathingly criticized the UPA government, for its meddling with the report, and the CBI, for behaving like a 'caged parrot' that speaks in its master's voice.[3] CBI Director, Ranjit Sinha has confirmed the comments of the Supreme Court as being correct.[4]

He resigned from the cabinet on 10th May, 2013[5]


  1. ^ "Coal-Gate: Affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by CBI Director". The Indian Express. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "I Have Done No Wrong: Law Min on Coalgate Report". Outlook Magazine. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "CBI has become a caged parrot with many masters. What a sordid story, says Supreme Court : India, News - India Today". Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  4. ^ PTI (2013-05-05). "Whatever SC says is correct: CBI chief". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  5. ^ NDTV (2013-05-10). "Pawan Bansal, Ashwani Kumar resign as Union ministers". NDTV. Retrieved 2013-05-10. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Salman Khurshid
Minister of Law and Justice
Succeeded by
Kapil Sibal