Swaraj Kaushal

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Swaraj Kaushal

Swaraj Kaushal: Sushma Swaraj's Achilles heel or her pillar of strength? From [1] Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi,ET Bureau | Jun 15, 2015


1975: Kum. Sushma Swaraj, a former ABVP activist and daughter of an R S S worker, married Mr Swaraj Kaushal, who belonged to the socialist stable, in July 1975. They have both been anti-Congress in their politics and leanings.

Kaushal came into prominence during the Emergency when he defended socialist leader George Fernandes in the Baroda dynamite case.

In 1979, he also secured the release of Mizo leader Laldenga in a conspiracy case. His association with the Mizos began at this time. He became constitutional advisor to Mizo National Front, then an underground outfit, which was negotiating with the Centre. These confabulations resulted in the Mizoram Peace Accord of 1986. Soon after Mizoram was formed, Kaushal was made its first advocate general at an age of 34.

Kaushal holds the distinction of being the youngest person to become a governor in the country when he was given the post in Mizoram in 1990 as a reward for his contribution to the Mizo Peace Accord at an age of 37. He remained governor for three years.

The lawyer couple, Sushma Swaraj and Kaushal, was together in the Rajya Sabha between 2000 and 2004. Kaushal's six-year term ended in 2004.

Kaushal, a senior criminal lawyer practising in the Supreme Court, has mostly been in shadows of his more famous spouse.

Though Kaushal has virtually shunned the limelight most of his life, he is recognised in political circles as one who can count as friends and associates rich, powerful individuals. Kaushal's association with Lalit Modi goes back more than two decades. He is also close to Sudhanshu Mittal, a businessman-politician who was late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's right-hand man.

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