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KK Venugopal appointed as India's new Attorney General

30 Jun 2017 | By Shikha Chaudhry
Venugopal to succeed Rohatgi as Attorney General

Senior lawyer KK Venugopal has been appointed as the new Attorney General of India as Mukul Rohatgi steps down from the post.

Venugopal's vast experience saw him through as the obvious candidate, he has over 50 years of experience in law.

Amongst other high profile cases, he has also appeared for LK Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case at the SC.

In context: Venugopal to succeed Rohatgi as Attorney General

30 Jun 2017KK Venugopal appointed as India's new Attorney General

BackgroundK K Venugopal: Who is he?

Venugopal was designated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court in the year 1972.

In the year 1977, he was asked by Morarji Desai to serve as the additional solicitor general.

Venugopal, has over 50 years of experience and has spent nearly six years as amicus curiae in 2G spectrum case.

The senior advocate is often sought when SC faces tricky constitutional questions.

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Rohatgi uninterested in extending his term

2014-2017Rohatgi uninterested in extending his term

Mukul Rohatgi, who had been appointed as Attorney General in 2014, served his three-year tenure but also expressed his desire to discontinue with his services.

In a letter to PM Modi, Rohatgi described how he wished to return to private practice and not extend his term.

He also mentioned how he has remained as Attorney General for two terms, during Vajpayee and Modi Government.

ConclusionWhy Venugopal was chosen?

Apart from his 50 years of experience, Venugopal has seen the length and breadth of litigation from northern India to Southern India.

Venugopal does not believe in giving litigants a clear access to Supreme Court, hence he is against the creation of SC benches in metropolis.

He is rather in favour of four Courts of Appeal in the metropolitan cities.