First Indian Muslim Attorney General
Goolam Essaji Vahanvati is the Indian= attorney general. He is the first Indian Muslim to hold the post of Attorney General. His term in office began in June 2009 and will last for three years. Before this, he was a Solicitor-General. Prior to being appointed Solicitor-General, he was Advocate-General of Maharashtra from December 1999 to June 2004. He represented the State in the public interest litigation petition filed in the fake stamp paper scam.
EducationHe studied at St. Mary's School, ICSE, Mazagaon.
CareerAmong several cases, he appeared in the nine judges Bench hearing on the Ninth Schedule, Kuldip Nayyar’s challenge to the amendment to the Representation of the People’s Act with regard to the Rajya Sabha, the tainted Ministers case, in all matters pertaining to the sealing and the challenge to the Delhi Laws Special Provisions Act, 2007 and challenges to the Master Plan 2021.
He successfully defended the challenge to the reservation for OBCs in higher education. He appeared as amicus curiae in the MP Local Area Development Scheme and for Union of India/CBI in the matter relating to power of court to suo motu transfer investigation to the CBI without prior consent of the State government concerned.
The International Cricket Council appointed him to hold an inquiry into the allegations of racism in Zimbabwe along with High Court Judge Steven Majied in September 2004. He was appointed Single Member Commission to inquire into allegations of racial abuse on South African cricketers during the South African tour of Australia in December 2005.