Singhvi at the India Economic Summit, 2008
|MP of Rajya Sabha for West Bengal|
3 April 2018
|Preceded by||Tapan Kumar Sen, CPI(M)|
|MP of Rajya Sabha for Rajasthan|
4 April 2012 – 3 April 2018
|Succeeded by||Madan Lal Saini, BJP|
24 February 1959 |
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Relations||Laxmi Mall Singhvi (father)|
|Alma mater||Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
Trinity College, Cambridge
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.
Early life and education
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.
Family and personal life
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.
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
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.
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.
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