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
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha
Assumed office
3 April 2018
Preceded byTapan Kumar Sen (CPI(M))
ConstituencyWest Bengal
Member of parliament, Rajya sabha
In office
24 April 2006 – 17 March 2009
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
4 April 2012 – 3 April 2018
Succeeded byMadan Lal Saini (BJP)
Personal details
Born (1959-02-24) 24 February 1959 (age 60)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Political partyIndian National Congress
Spouse(s)Anita Singhvi
RelationsLaxmi Mall Singhvi (father)
Alma materUniversity of Delhi (B.A.)
Trinity College, Cambridge (M.A., Ph.D.)
Harvard University (PIL)
ProfessionSenior Advocate
WebsiteOfficial website

Abhishek Manu 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[edit]

Singhvi was born in a Marwari family.[2] His father Laxmi Mall Singhvi was a scholar in Jain history and culture.[3] He 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.

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Singhvi is married to ghazal and Sufi singer Anita Singhvi. They have two sons.

Positions held[edit]

Singhvi, at 37, became the youngest Additional Solicitor General of India, in 1997.[5] 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.


A tape allegedly featuring Singhvi with another woman in a compromising position was circulated. He categorically denied any wrongdoing.[6]

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.[7]


  1. ^ "Cong calls for stern action". The Times of India. 20 October 2009.
  2. ^ Taknet, D. K. (2016). The Marwari Heritage. IntegralDMS. p. 254. ISBN 9781942322061. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Pay tribute to L M Singhvi - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Mahapatra, Dhananjay (9 January 2010). "India's top 10 lawyers". The Times of India. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Congress' Abhishek Manu Singhvi quits party, Parliament posts". NDTV. 25 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Tax trouble: Abhishek Manu Singhvi faces Rs 57 crore fine". The Times Of India. 12 November 2014.

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