Senior lawyer in the Supreme Court of India and constitutional expert K.K. Venugopal has been appointed as a new 15th Attorney General.
Venugopa has replaced Mukul Rohatgi. President Pranab Mukherjee has approved Venugopal’s appointment.
- He was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.
- In 2015, he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award by Government of India. This is the second-highest civilian honour in India.
He had previously received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour.
- He held the office of Additional Solicitor General in Morarji Desai’s Government.
He also appeared for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani in the Babri demolition case.
About Attorney General of India
The Attorney General for India is the Indian government’s chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.
- He is appointed by the President of India under Article 76(1) of the Constitution and holds office during the pleasure of the President.
- Formation: 28th January 1950
- Term Length: No fixed tenure