Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley was born on 28 December 1952,  is the Finance Minister & Minister of Corporate Affairs in the Indian government. He also worked as a member to the Board of Governors of Asian Development Bank. He is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court and a former Additional Solicitor General of India.

Personal life and family

Arun Jaitley schooled at St. Xavier’s School, Delhi from 1957–69. He accomplished his graduation with a honors degree in commerce, BCom from Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi in 1973. He completed his LLB degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, in 1977. His father, Maharaj Kishen Jaitley, was also a lawyer and they as a family lived in Naraina Vihar, New Delhi. His mother, Ratan Prabha, was a housewife and a social activist at the same time. Arun Jaitley married Sangeeta, daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir finance minister Girdhari Lal Dogra, in 1982. They have two children, Rohan and Sonali. Both his children are lawyers.

Political career

In 1977, he joined Jan Sangh. In 1977, All India Secretary of the ABVP & President of the Delhi ABVP. In 1980, he became President of the Youth Wing of the BJP. He has been a member of the national executive of BJP since 1991. In 1999, he became the spokesperson of BJP. On 13 October 1999, he became the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Following the resignation of Ram Jethmalani, he was given the extra charge of Ministry of Law, Justice & Company affairs. In November 2000, he became a cabinet minister- Minister of Law, Justice and Company Affairs & Shipping. On 1 July 2002, he became General Secretary of the BJP & its National Spokesperson. On 29 January 2003, he was appointed as the Minister of Law and Justice & Commerce and Industry. On 3 June 2009, he was selected as the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha. In the 2014 general election, he contested form the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat and lost to Amarinder Singh (INC candidate). On 26 May 2014, he was chosen Minister of Finance and Minister of Defence in the cabinet of Narendra Modi government.

Arun Jaitley initiated practicing law from 1977 onwards in Supreme Court and several High Courts. In 1990, he was promoted to senior Advocate and was appointed Additional Solicitor General of India. As the Additional Solicitor General of India, he served on the Bofors Scandal, which was related to the illegal kickbacks paid in the US$ 1.3 billion deal between Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, and the Government of India.

As a Law Minister in the Union Cabinet, he brought in a several electoral and judicial reforms. He got the Advocates Welfare fund and Investor Protection Fund set up. He started the scheme of setting up of the Fast Track Courts and paid special attention to the computerization of the courts. To help the expeditious disposal of cases, he brought amendments in the Motor Vehicles Act and the Negotiable Instruments Act. The High Courts of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand were inaugurated under his guidance.

He has a line of clients such as Sharad Yadav, Madhavrao Scindia, and L.K. Advani. He has represented many multinationals, such as Pepsico, Coca-Cola and big industrialists such as the Birla family in the courtroom. He successfully launched the 84th amendment to the Constitution of India in 2002 for freezing parliamentary seats till 2026. He successfully introduced the 91st amendment to the Constitution of India in 2004 for penalizing defections.

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