Kapil Sibal is a Congress politician, former minister and senior lawyer. Born in 1948, is a History graduate from Delhi University and studied law at Harvard Law School, USA. In 1973, Sibal qualified for Indian Administrative Services but declined the offer and decided to establish his law practice.
He was designated as a senior lawyer in 1983 and served as India’s Additional Solicitor General in 1989-90. He became the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1995. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1998 as a Congress party candidate.
In 2004 he contested elections to the Lok Sabha from Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi as a Congress candidate and defeated the BJP candidate, Vijay Goel. He served as MP for Chandni Chowk from 2004 to 2014. In 2014, he finished third behind the winner Vijay Goel and runner-up, AAP candidate Ashutosh.
Between 2004 and 2014, Sibal served as minister in the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government in different capacities. He served as Minister of State for Science & Technology, Minister of Earth Sciences, Minister of Human Resource Development, Minister of Communications & Information Technology and as Minister of Law & Justice.
In 2016, Sibal was elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Congress MP. Famous as an accomplished lawyer, Sibal courted controversy as Minister of Communications & IT when he claimed that the exchequer suffered zero loss in giving 2G licenses to telecom companies.
Sibal was also criticised for trying to regulate content on the internet which was seen as an attempt to suppress criticism of the UPA government.