Breaking: KK Venugopal to continue as Attorney General for IndiaMay 24 2019
With the Narendra Modi government coming back to power with a thumping majority, Senior Advocate KK Venugopal plans to continue as Attorney General for India.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, KK Venugopal confirmed the same.
KK Venugopal was appointed as the 15th Attorney General for India on July 1, 2017. His term expires on June 30, 2020. Venugopal had succeeded Mukul Rohatgi, who had stepped down after his first term ended on June 11.
Right now, Venugopal is representing the Modi government in the Rafale case. He had recently also filed a contempt petition against Prashant Bhushan for his tweets in the case challenging the appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as interim Director of CBI.
Venugopal has been in the legal profession for nearly six decades. He was an Additional Solicitor General during the tenure of Morarji Desai government. Widely regarded as an expert in Constitutional Law, Venugopal shifted base to Delhi from Chennai 25 years after joining the Bar in Madras.
By his own admission, Venugopal joined the legal field by sheer accident as he could not complete his BSc in Physics. He enrolled at the Bar in January 1954 in the erstwhile Mysore High Court, and thereafter at the Madras High Court. He started his practice under his father, MK Nambiar. He initially practiced in litigation relating to the grant of motor vehicle permits, inter-state permits and variation of routes. He began appearing in the Supreme Court in the 1960s, when the Advocates Act was enacted. He grew in eminence as a Constitutional Law Expert and was designated Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 1972.
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