Singhvi at the India Economic Summit, 2008
|Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha|
|Assumed office |
3 April 2018
|Preceded by||Tapan Kumar Sen (CPI(M))|
|Member of parliament, Rajya sabha|
24 April 2006 – 17 March 2009
|Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha|
4 April 2012 – 3 April 2018
|Succeeded by||Madan Lal Saini (BJP)|
|Born||24 February 1959|
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Relations||Laxmi Mall Singhvi (father)|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi (B.A.)|
Trinity College, Cambridge (M.A., Ph.D.)
Harvard University (PIL)
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.
Singhvi was born in a Marwari family. His father Laxmi Mall Singhvi was a scholar in Jain history and culture. 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.
Singhvi is married to ghazal and Sufi singer Anita Singhvi. They have two sons.
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.
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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