Abhishek Singhvi

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Abhishek Singhvi
Abhishek Manu Singhvi at the India Economic Summit 2008.jpg
Singhvi at the India Economic Summit, 2008
MP of Rajya Sabha for West Bengal
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded by Tapan Kumar Sen, CPI(M)
MP of Rajya Sabha for Rajasthan
In office
4 April 2012 – 3 April 2018
Succeeded by Madan Lal Saini, BJP
Personal details
Born (1959-02-24) 24 February 1959 (age 59)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Anita Singhvi
Relations Laxmi Mall Singhvi (father)
Children 2
Alma mater Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Trinity College, Cambridge
Harvard University
Profession Senior Advocate
Website www.drabhisheksinghvi.com

Abhishek Singhvi (born 24 February 1959) is an Indian lawyer and politician. As politician, he is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) and a current Member of the Parliament of India representing West Bengal in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. He is also a spokesperson for the INC.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

He completed his school from 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]

Singhvi is married to ghazal and Sufi singer Anita Singhvi. They have two sons. His father Laxmi Mall Singhvi was a renowned lawyer and India's former High Commissioner to the UK. He was elected to Rajya Sabha (1998–2004). His mother’s name is Kamla Singhvi.[3]

Positions held[edit]

Singhvi, at 37, became the youngest Additional Solicitor General of India, in 1997.[4] He held the position for a year, till 1998.

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[3]


A tape involving Singhvi with another woman in a compromising positions was circulated. He exploited her on the pretext of offering a job. Following this he resigned from Congress and as a Rajya Sabha member. This sex tape went viral and was uploaded on social media/content sharing sites.[5]

In 2014, he was fined 57 crore by the Income Tax Settlement Commission for failing to furnish documents supporting his claims of expenditure for running his office.[6]


  1. ^ "Cong calls for stern action". The Times of India. 20 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Abhishek Manu Singhavi Biography. Matpal.com (April 2012). Retrieved on 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Mahapatra, Dhananjay (9 January 2010). "India's top 10 lawyers". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi quits party, Parliament posts". NDTV. 25 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Tax trouble: Abhishek Manu Singhvi faces Rs 57 crore fine". The Times Of India. 12 November 2014. 

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