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Who is Kapil Sibal?

Kapil Sibal (born 8 August 1948) is an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress party. A lawyer, he formerly served at the helm of various ministries in the Congress-led UPA government over the years – beginning with the Ministry of Science & Technology, then the Ministry of Human Resource Development followed by the Ministry of Communications & IT, and the Ministry of Law & Justice.

Kapil Sibal Biography, Wiki

Sibal was born on 8 August 1948 in Jalandhar, Punjab. His father HL Sibal, was a distinguished advocate who received the title of a “Living Legend of the Law” and was also honored with the ‘Padma Bhushan’award. After Sibal did his schooling at St John’s High School in Chandigarh, he moved to Delhi in 1964 and joined St. Stephen’s College.

After completing LL.B, he went on to earn a Masters’s degree in History. In 1970, he joined the bar association and three years later, he qualified for Indian Administrative Services. Despite getting an appointment, he didn’t take up the assignment under the pretext of setting up his own practice.

Sibal enrolled himself at Harvard Law School to pursue LL.M which he completed in 1977. Before joining Harvard, he got married to Nina Sibal in 1973. His sons, Amit and Akhil both are lawyers. Five years after his wife’s death in 2000, Sibal married social activist Promila Sibal. His brother, Kanwal Sibal is the ex-Foreign Secretary of India.

ProfessionPolitician & Lawyer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms– 80 kg
in pounds– 176 lbs
Eye ColourBrown
Hair ColourWhite
Politics
Political PartyIndian National Congress (INC)
Political Journey• Elected as a Member of the Rajya Sabha in 1998
• Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party from 2000 to 2002
• Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Stock Market Scam from April 2001 to December 2002
• Member of the Business Advisory Committee in August 2001
• Member of the Committee on Home Affairs in 2002
• Elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 2004
• Appointed as the Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences on 23 May 2004
• Re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009
• Appointed as the Union Minister of Human Resource Development in 2009
• Appointed as the Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology on 19 January 2011
• Took additional charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice in May 2013
• Elected as a Member of the Rajya Sabha on 5 May 2016
Personal Life
Date of Birth8 August 1948 (Sunday)
Age (as in 2018)71 Years
BirthplaceJalandhar, Punjab
Zodiac signLeo
Signature 
NationalityIndian
HometownChandigarh
SchoolSt. John’s High School, Chandigarh
College/University• St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
• Harvard Law School, Cambridge, USA https://b7898ae588c7c8147bc03c0bf883ad82.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Educational Qualifications• Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from St. Stephen’s College in 1964
• M.A. in History from St. Stephen’s College in 1969
• Masters in Law (LLM) from Harvard Law School in 1977
ReligionHinduism
CasteKhatri
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressC-1, Maharani Bagh, New Delhi
HobbiesWatching Cricket, Listening to Music, Cooking, and Writing Poems
Controversies• In 2007, Kapil Sibal was named in the Vodafone Scandal, which had a tax dispute of INR 11,000 Crores.   • In 2011, he faced a lot of criticism when he stated that the loss to the exchequer incurred was zero in the 2G spectrum scam. He later had to clarify his statement. • On 27 December 2011, as the Minister of Information Technology, he proposed that he wanted to regulate and monitor all content on the internet, especially Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others. He was heavily criticized throughout the country for this proposal. Students put out protests and some hackers even hacked his website and posted memes on it. • In 2017, it was revealed that his 2nd wife, Promila Sibal, partially owned and managed a slaughterhouse; one of the biggest in the country. The Jains protested against the slaughterhouse as it was named Arihant; which means eternal bliss in the Jain community. The name was changed to Ashriya. It was soon revealed that Sibal hid his wife’s profession in the affidavit he submitted to the Election Commission for the 2014 General Elections.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date• Nina Sibal-13 April 1973
• Promila Sibal- Year 2005
Family
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife: Nina Sibal (1973-2000)   Second Wife: Promila Sibal (2005-Present)
ChildrenSon– 2 Sons
• Amit Sibal (Lawyer)
• Akhil Sibal (Lawyer)   Daughter– None
ParentsFather– Hira Lal Sibal (Lawyer)   Mother– Kailash Rani Sibal
SiblingsBrother– 3 Brothers
• Virender Sibal (Elder; IAS Officer)
• Jitendar Sibal (Elder; IAS Officer)
• Kanwal Sibal (Elder; IFS)   Sister– Asha Nanda
Style Quotient
Car Collection• Mercedes GLC (2015 Model)
• Toyota Corolla (2003 Model)
• Hyundai Sonata (2001 Model)
• Suzuki Jeep (1995 Model)
• Toyota Camry (2016 Model)
Bike Collection• Royal Enfield Bullet Standard (1996 Model)
• Hero Splendor (2016 Model)
Assets/Properties (as in 2015)Movable: INR 38.77 Crores   Cash: INR 3.10 Lacs
Bank Deposits: INR 11.29 Crores
Jewelry: INR 35.70 Lacs Immovable: INR 136.13 Crores Agricultural lands worth INR 27.5 Crores
Non-Agricultural lands worth INR 4 Crores
Commercial Buildings worth INR 2.78 Crores
Residential Buildings worth INR 12.03 Crores
Other Land worth INR 53 Crores
Money Factor
Salary (As a Rajya Sabha member)1 Lac INR per month + other allowances
Net Worth (approx.)212 Crores INR (as in 2015)

Kapil Sibal Personal Life

Kapil Sibal’s father was H. L. Sibal, a renowned advocate, his family migrated to India during the partition in 1947. In 1994, H.L. Sibal was named a “Living Legend of the Law” by the International Bar Association and in 2006, the Government of India honored him with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs. He married Nina Sibal in 1973, who died of breast cancer in 2000.

Amit and Akhil, Sibal’s two sons from his first marriage, are both lawyers. In 2005, Sibal married Promila Sibal. His brother is Kanwal Sibal, a retired top diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service, and a former foreign secretary of India.

Kapil Sibal Career

In 1973, after having declined an offer to join India’s civil service, Sibal established his own law practice. He built a highly successful legal career that included an appointment in 1989–90 as the additional solicitor general of India.

In 1993 he successfully defended the chief justice of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana against impeachment proceedings in the Lok Sabha (lower chamber of the Indian parliament). Between 1995 and 2002 he served three times as the president of India’s Supreme Court Bar Association.

Sibal became known as a specialist in constitutional law. On the basis of that reputation, he was nominated in 1998 to the Rajya Sabha (upper chamber of India’s parliament), representing the Congress Party from Bihar state. In 2000–02 he served there as the secretary of Congress’s parliamentary membership.

He decided to contest a seat in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and won in a constituency in the Delhi national capital territory. He was reelected from that constituency in 2009.

Sibal’s 2004 win was part of the overall victory by the Congress-led UPA coalition, which then formed a government and began appointing Sibal to ministerial posts. He subsequently suspended his active law practice. His first cabinet-level assignments were in 2006 when he took on the portfolios for both science and technology and ocean development (the latter soon renamed earth sciences).

In 2009 he became the minister for human resource development, and the following year, under his initiative, the parliament passed a law that required the government to provide free elementary education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14. In January 2011 Sibal was also made minister for communications and information technology, continuing on in that dual role until he relinquished the human resources development component in late 2012.

Nonetheless, in May 2013 he was given the additional portfolio of law and justice. He remained in both posts until the UPA government left office in May 2014, following the landslide victory by the Bharatiya Janata Party in elections to the Lok Sabha held earlier that spring. He also lost his seat in parliament, but two years later he returned to the Rajya Sabha.

Sibal was renowned as an effective orator, and, in addition to his skills as an administrator, he developed a reputation as a troubleshooter for the government. In 2012 he led the UPA government’s negotiations with civil society groups to create consensus on India’s first anti-corruption bill.

That same year, under his initiative, the government modified portions of the Information Technology Act of 2000. An amendment to the act, enacted in 2008, had allowed authorities to screen social media status updates and implement Internet censorship, but widespread public criticism of such provisions prompted the government to place stricter rules on them.

In addition to writing numerous newspaper and journal articles, Sibal published two volumes of poetry, I Witness (2008) and My World Within (2012).

Kapil Sibal Political Journey

  • Kapil Sibal served as the Additional Solicitor General of India from Dec 1989 to Dec 1990.
  • In 1998, he was elected as a Member of the Rajya Sabha.
  • From 2000 to 2002, he remained the Secretary of Congress Parliamentary Party.
  • He was appointed as the Member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Stock Market Scam in Apr 2001, and he handled the responsibility till Dec 2002.
  • Simultaneously, he became the Member of Business Advisory Committee in Aug 2001.
  • In 2002, Kapil Sibal was made the Member of Committee on Home Affairs.
  • He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time, in 2004.
  • On 23 May 2004, Sibal became the Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences.
  • Sibal was re-elected to 15th Lok Sabha in 2009.
  • In the same year, he was appointed as the Minister of Human Resource Development. He held on to his position till 28 Oct 2012.
  • On 19 Jan 2011, Kapil took over the Communications and Information Technology Ministry.
  • He also took the additional charge of the Ministry of Law & Justice in May 2013.

Kapil Sibal Awards

  • He has been honoured with the ‘Padma Bhushan’ award for his distinguished services in the field of Public Affairs in 2006, by the Government of India.
  • In 2009, Kapil Sibal was inducted into the Honorary Senate of the Foundation Lindau Nobel Laureates Meetings for his contribution in the field of science and technology.
  • In 2010, the New York-based Institute of International Education conferred upon Sibal the prestigious ‘Stephen P Duggan Award for mutual understanding’, for his support towards ‘fostering global collaboration in education’.

Kapil Sibal Other Activities and Achievements

  • Several significant strides that the UPA government took in the field of HRD and IT & Communications are attributed to Kapil Sibal’s visionary leadership.
  • He introduced the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system in India for Class IX and Class X, and led through the changes in the IIT JEE pattern.
  • Sibal not only approved the creation of an Indian Institute of Technology in Muddenahalli, but has also laid the foundation stone for IIT Patna.
  • Sibal was the first-ever Indian MP to visit the research sites in Antarctica and motivate the scientists. He also inaugurated India’s own research station (Himadri) in July 2008, making India the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station in the Arctic zone.
  • The establishment of National Tsunami Early Warning System at Hyderabad in October 2007 is also attributed to Sibal’s futuristic planning. The system has the capability to detect earthquakes bigger than the magnitude of 6 occurring in the Indian Ocean in less than 20 minutes of occurrence.
  • Sibal also represented India in the World Economic Forum held at Davos, Switzerland in 2005 and 2009.
  • He led the team of Indian delegates to the Annapolis Conference in the US to garner global support for the establishment of Israeli–Palestinian peace.
  • He led the Indian delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at Bali, in December 2007.
  • As an author, he has many published poems to his name. His anthology of poems titled “I Witness: Partial Observation” was published in New Delhi in August 2008.

Some Interesting Facts About Kapil SIbal

  • He cleared the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Examination but later did not join it to start his law firm in 1980.
  • Kapil Sibal was the Additional Solicitor General of India between 1989 and 1990. He has been elected as the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association 3 times. Kapil Sibal As The President of the Supreme Court Bar Association
  • He is the lawyer who had addressed the Parliament in the historic impeachment proceedings of the Supreme Court Justice V. Ramaswami in 1993.
  • Based on his background in constitutional and parliamentary studies, Kapil Sibal was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1998. He represented the Congress party from Bihar.
  • He played an important role in getting the television airwaves separate from the monopoly of Doordarshan and opened the path for other news and entertainment channels to get independent airwaves.
  • He is the only Indian Member of Parliament to visit Antarctica. Kapil Sibal Before Starting Off For Antarctica
  • Kapil Sibal inaugurated the National Tsunami Early Warning System in Hyderabad in October 2007. This system detects earthquakes of 6 magnitudes or more, occurring in the Indian Ocean in less than 20 minutes of its occurrence.
  • His father, Hira Lal Sibal was a renowned advocate. He was acknowledged for his expertise. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan and was nicknamed- The Living Legend of the Law, by the International Bar Association in 1994. Kapil Sibal’s Father Hira Lal Sibal Receiving The Padma Bhushan
  • His father died on 28 December 2012 in Chandigarh. He was cremated in Chandigarh with full state honours.
  • Kapil Sibal loves cricket and he has even been a guest commentator for a match between India and Australia. Kapil Sibal Playing Cricket
  • His brother, Kanwal Sibal was an IFS officer and the former Foreign Secretary of India. Kapil Sibal’s Brother Kanwal Sibal

Kapil Sibal FAQ’s

Who is Kapil Sibal?

Kapil Sibal (born 8 August 1948) is an Indian politician belonging to the Indian National Congress party. A lawyer, he formerly served at the helm of various ministries in the Congress-led UPA government over the years – beginning with the Ministry of Science & Technology, then the Ministry of Human Resource Development followed by the Ministry of Communications & IT, and the Ministry of Law & Justice.

Who is Kapil Sibal wife?

Kapil Sibal married Nina Sibal in 1973, who died of breast cancer in 2000.

What is Kapil Sibal net worth?

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