New Attorney General of India appointed: K K Venugopal

Constitutional expert and a senior lawyer K K Venugopal has been appointed as the next Attorney General of India as President Pranab Mukherjee approves his appointment.

A decision to appoint the 86-year-old veteran lawyer as the successor of Mukul Rohatgi was discussed before the departure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to the US, Netherlands and Portugal.

Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi on June 11 wrote to the Government asking to be relieved from the post. Rohatgi had conveyed his wish that he would not like a re-appointment to the post of the country’s top law officer and that he wished to return to private practice.

Rohatgi also said that he was appointed by the Narendra Modi government after it came to power in May 2014 and he has served his three-year term, a duration he feels is enough.

About Experienced K K Venugopal

  • Venugopal, who started appearing in the SC in the early 1960s, while based in erstwhile Madras, was designated as a senior advocate by the SC in 1972.
  • Five years later, after the end of Emergency, he was invited by the Janata Party government led by Morarji Desai to become an additional solicitor general that warranted shifting base from Madras to Delhi.
  • What Venugopal will bring to the attorney general’s office is his unmatched experience of 50 years’ practice in the SC. He has seen the growth of litigation in the highest court and the inconvenience litigants from southern and northeastern states face in approaching the apex court for justice.
  • He does not support the creation of SC benches in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai to provide litigants from far flung areas easy access to the highest court. He believes establishing four final Courts of Appeal in the four metros — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata — and leaving the SC to function as the federal constitutional court which would lead to a better dispensation of justice.
  • Venugopal, apart from being involved in many important cases before constitutional benches of the SC, spent more than six years as amicus curiae in the infamous 2G spectrum scam case relating to irregular allotment of bandwidth to telecom operators during the tenure of A Raja as telecom minister in UPA-1. He assisted the SC in monitoring investigations by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
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