SENIOR ADVOCATE K.K. VENUGOPAL TO CONTINUE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR AN YEAR

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SENIOR ADVOCATE K.K. VENUGOPAL TO CONTINUE AS ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR AN YEAR

-Shatakshi Pathak

K.K. Venugopal is a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India as well as a constitutional expert. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan as well. In the year 1954, he had started practicing as a lawyer at the Mysore High Court and after some time, he had shifted to Madras High Court. From the year 1960, he had started appearing in the Supreme Court, and in the year 1972, the Supreme Court designated him as the Senior Advocate.

He was appointed as the Attorney General of India on 30th June in the year 2017 by Pranab Mukherjee, who was the President of India at that time. He had succeeded Mukul Rohtagi. He is the 15th Attorney General of India.

The post of Attorney General is mentioned in Article 76 of the Indian Constitution. Attorney General is appointed by the President of India. Attorney General (AG) acts as the legal advisor and considered as the top law officer of the Central Government. AG represents the Government of India before the Supreme Court in decisive cases.

During his tenure, the Centre was defended by him in various cases such as Rafale, Aadhar, etc. At the time when Morarji Desai was the Prime Minister, he had served as a law officer of the Central Government when he was working as an Additional Solicitor General.

On the request of the Central Government, Senior Advocate KK Venugopal has agreed to continue as the Attorney General of India for one more year. Next year, he is turning 90 and in the coming years, his services might be very helpful for the Central Government is very crucial cases involving serious issues related to the Constitution of India such as the validity of Citizenship Amendment Act, abrogation of the special status of Jammu & Kashmir and many more cases.

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