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Outgoing AG Mukul Rohatgi passes baton to the new AG KK Venugopal

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Jul 2017 12:24pm

Image courtesy: B&B Outgoing AG Mukul Rohatgi passes baton to the new AG KK Venugopal

Outgoing Attorney General for India Mukul Rohatgi today welcomed his successor, KK Venugopal to the AG chamber in the Supreme Court of India. Senior Advocate KK Venugopal, a doyen of the Indian bar is the thirteenth lawyer to become the Attorney General for India.

At the age of 86, he will also be the oldest man to have been appointed AG. This shouldn’t case any doubts on his ability to do this enormously stressful and important job – anyone who has seen him in the Supreme Court for a length of time would know that he is as sprightly and as active as someone less than half his age.

In past few years, he has handled long running, high profile litigation at the Supreme Court including the BCCI case, the Padmanabhaswamy Temple case among many others. He is routinely appointed to assist the Supreme Court as amicus curiae in highly sensitive matters such as 2G spectrum scam case. He has also been a government law officer in the past, having served as additional solicitor general between 1977 and 1980, in the Morarji Desai led Janata Party government.A veritable galaxy of top lawyers and judges have been his juniors in the initial days of their career.

This is the second time Venugopal’s name has been considered for the post. He was earlier considered under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government. Back then, the post was initially offered to Fali Nariman, who had rejected it. Soli Sorabjee, who was the government’s next choice, eventually accepted it.There can be no two ways about it – Mr Venugopal is more than qualified for the most demanding legal job in the country.

Tagged: Attorney General for India   Mukul Rohatgi    KK Venugopal  
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