V. K. Rajah

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The Honourable
V. K. Rajah
Judge of Appeal V K Rajah at the HKU-NUS-SMU Law Symposium, University of Hong Kong - 20101116.jpg
V. K. Rajah in November 2010
8th Attorney-General of Singapore
In office
25 June 2014 – 14 January 2017
Preceded by Steven Chong
Succeeded by Lucien Wong
Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
11 April 2007 – 24 June 2014
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 November 2004 – 10 April 2007
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Judicial Commissioner of Singapore
In office
2 January 2004 – 31 October 2004
Appointed by S. R. Nathan
Personal details
Born (1957-01-14) 14 January 1957 (age 60)
Nationality Singaporean
Alma mater National University of Singapore Faculty of Law,
University of Cambridge
Religion Hinduism
Website app.agc.gov.sg

Vijaya Kumar Rajah (born 14 January 1957),[1] better known as V. K. Rajah, was the Attorney-General of Singapore. Previously Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Rajah succeeded Steven Chong as Attorney-General on 25 June 2014.

Early life[edit]

Rajah graduated from the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law in 1982 and obtained his Masters of Law (First Class) from the University of Cambridge in 1986.[2] His father, Thampore Thamby Rajah, better known as T. T. Rajah, was a leader of the former Singaporean left-wing political party Barisan Sosialis.[3]


Rajah was among the first batch of lawyers in Singapore to be appointed Senior Counsel in 1997,[2] and was once the managing partner of law firm Rajah & Tann. He was also part of the NUS law school moot team which won the Philip C. Jessup International Law moot competition in 1982, a first for NUS. The other members of the team were Davinder Singh, Jimmy Yim, and Steven Chong. He was first appointed Judicial Commissioner on 2 January 2004, Judge of the High Court on 1 November 2004, and subsequently Judge of Appeal in April 2007.

Rajah's publications include Judicial Management in Singapore (with T. C. Choong, Singapore: Butterworths, 1990). He was also the chair of a committee that produced an influential report in 2007 reviewing Singapore's legal sector.[4]

Rajah has been a Director at Monetary Authority of Singapore since 1 November 2014.[5]

He was the Attorney-General of Singapore.[6] He was succeeded by Lucien Wong on 14 January 2017.[7] The Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong thanked him for his service to Singapore.[8]


  1. ^ Leadership Profiles, Attorney-General's Chambers, 25 June 2014, archived from the original on 18 September 2014 .
  2. ^ a b Statement From the Prime Minister's Office: Appointment of Judge of the High Court [Document No. 2004110101], Prime Minister's Office (archived on the National Archives of Singapore website), 1 November 2004, archived from the original on 18 September 2014 .
  3. ^ "Ex-Barisan Sosialis leader T. T. Rajah's funeral today", The Straits Times, 15 March 1996 .
  4. ^ Report of the Committee to Develop the Singapore Legal Sector: Final Report, Ministry of Law, September 2007, archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2012 .
  5. ^ "Company Overview of Rajah & Tann". Bloomberg Business. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "V K Rajah". asiatatler.com. Edipresse Media Asia Limited. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Attorney-General V K Rajah to step down next January". ChannelNewsAsia. 
  8. ^ "PM Lee thanks outgoing Attorney-General V K Rajah for outstanding contributions". 

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