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|Kapil Sibal at 2008 World Economic Forum|
|Law and Justice|
11 May 2013
|Prime Minister||Manmohan Singh|
|Preceded by||Ashwani Kumar|
|Minister of Communications and Information Technology|
15 November 2010
|Preceded by||A. Raja|
|Minister of Human Resource Development|
22 May 2009 – 28 October 2012
|Preceded by||Arjun Singh|
|Succeeded by||Pallam Raju|
|Minister of Science and Technology|
22 May 2004 – 2010
|Preceded by||Vijay Goel|
|Succeeded by||Pawan Kumar Bansal|
|Minister of Earth Sciences|
22 May 2004 – 2010
|Succeeded by||Pawan Kumar Bansal|
|Member of Lok Sabha|
8 August 1948 |
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Nina Sibal (deceased)(1973-2000)
|Alma mater||University of Delhi (M.A./LL.B.)
Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
|Profession||Politician, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India|
|As of 5 June, 2011|
Kapil Sibal (Punjabi: ਕਪਿਲ ਸਿਬਲ, Hindi: कपिल सिब्बल; born 9 August 1948) is a lawyer and an Indian politician. He is currently the Law Minister of India as well as the Minister of Communications and Information Technology and Law and Justice. He also held the two positions of Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences in the First Manmohan Singh Cabinet.
Sibal was first nominated in July 1988, as a Member of the upper house of the Indian Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, from the State of Bihar and served as Additional Solicitor General of India (December 1989 – December 1990) and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association on three occasions (1995–96, 1997–98 and 2001–2002).
Early life and education 
Sibal was born on 8 August 1948 in Jalandhar, Punjab. After his schooling from St John's High School in Chandigarh, he joined St. Stephen's college, University of Delhi, where he earned his L.L.B degree, and later a M.A. in history. He joined the bar association in 1970. In the year 1973, he qualified for Indian Administrative Services and was offered an appointment. But he declined the offer and decided to set up his own law practice. Afterwards, he attended the Harvard Law School where he enrolled for a LL.M. which he completed in 1977. He was designated as senior lawyer in 1983. In 1989, he was appointed the Additional Solicitor General of India. In 1994, he was the only lawyer to appear in the Parliament, and successfully defended a Supreme Court judge during impeachment proceedings. He had served as the President of the Supreme Court Bar association on three occasions, i.e. 1995-1996, 1997-1998 and 2001-2002.
In 2G spectrum scam 
During his tenure as Telecom Minister his comment about the loss in the 2G spectrum scam being only notional and causing "zero loss" created a public outcry and he had to clarify it later. Kapil Sibal was indicted by CAG for favoring M/S Phoenix Rose LLC by overlooking rules and regulations and handpicking that company for creating a database for over 500,000 working professionals of People of Indian Origin settled in the US. CAG's report said that the project’s cost was $120,000 but three years after the initiation, the company has dumped the networking site, completing just over 16% of the targeted work.
Internet Censorship 
On 30 November 2012, Sibal's personal website was hacked by the hacktivist group Anonymous. The hacking was reportedly in protest of the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Earlier Sibal had refused to remove the said provisions of the Act when two girls from Palghar were arrested for protesting on Facebook the shut-down of Mumbai on account of the death of Bal Thackeray. The group posted the following message about Sibal on his website: "Born with a below-60 IQ he thought he could mess with the Internet and let the elite of his party suppress freedom of speech".
Swami Agnivesh Controversy 
Swami Agnivesh was seen in a phone conversation with, evidently, Kapil Sibal, who was among the government ministers actively looking to sabotage any deal that would offer concessions to Team Anna.Swami Agnivesh was heard telling “Kapilji”: “Yeh to pagal ki tarah ho raha hai” (It’s like he’s turned mad”) in context to activist Anna Hazare.
Personal life 
Kapil Sibal's father was H.L. Sibal, a renowned advocate, was rendered homeless along with his entire family during partition. In 1994, H.L. Sibal was named a "Living Legend of the Law" by the International Bar Association and in 2006, the Government of India honoured him with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs. He married Nina Sibal in 1973, who died of breast cancer in 2000. Amit and Akhil, Sibal's two sons from his first marriage, are both lawyers. In 2005, Sibal married social activist Promila Sibal.His brother is Kanwal Sibal who is the former Foreign Secretary of India.
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- Basu, Arundhati (12 November 2005). "Legally speaking". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Bishakha De Sarkar (24 August 2008). "‘When I’m in politics, I stick to the party line; when I’m a poet, I don’t’". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- Chadha, Kum Kum (10 February 2006). "Kapil da dhaba". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
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