BY: TANISHA PANDEY
Senior government officials had earlier said that the Centre had written to KK Venugopal about its plan to give him a fresh tenure. Venugopal is a leading lawyer of our country, succeeded Mukul Rohatgi as the Attorney General on June 30, 2017.
KK Venugopal was on Monday reappointed as the Attorney General for India for one year by the president of India. His present three-year term ends on Tuesday.
“The President of INDIA is delighted to re-appoint Shri K K Venugopal, Senior Advocate as Attorney General for India for one year from July 1, 2020.
While Attorney General, kk Venugopal, was reappointed by the President of India, appointments of Tushar Mehta as a Solicitor General (SG) for 3 years and six new Additional Solicitor Generals (ASGs) were notified by the Law Ministry.
Other key appointments by the committee:
• for representing the government before the Supreme Court, six senior advocates were appointed namely Suryaprakash V.Raju, Balbir Singh, Rupinder Singh Suri, Jayant K.Sud, N. Venkataraman and Aishwarya Bhati have been appointed as ASGs.
• The committee has reappointed Satya pal Singh for Punjab High Court and Anil. C. Singh as the ASG for the Bombay High Court.
• Apart from all this, five new ASGs have also been appointed for different High Courts for three years, namely, Chetan Sharma for Delhi HC, Yezdezard Jehangir Dastoor for Calcutta High Court, Sankaranarayan for Madras High Court, Devang Girish Vyas for Gujarat High Court and Krishna Nandan Singh for Patna High Court.
Accordingly, five Additional Solicitor Generals (ASGs), Aman Lekhi, Vikramajit Banerjee, Madhavi Goradia Divan, Sanjay Jain, and K.M. Nataraj has also got three years extension.
The above-mentioned appointments were made after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet which was headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared their names. Mr. Venugopal has been appointed at his request because of his advanced age of 89 years.