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Appointment of Attorney-General (A-G)

  • IASbaba
  • July 1, 2022
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Indian Polity & Constitution
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In News: Attorney-General (A-G) K.K. Venugopal has been reappointed the country’s top law officer for a period of three months.

  • Venugopal was appointed the 15th AG of India in 2017. He succeeded Mukul Rohatgi who was AG from 2014-2017.

Attorney General Of India

  • Article 76 of the Constitution provides for the office of AG of India
  • AG is the top legal officer in the country & part of Union Executive
  • AG is assisted by 2 Solicitor Generals & 4 Additional Solicitor Generals.
  • AG is not considered as a government servant

Eligibility

  • S/He must be a person who is qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court .i.e.
  • he must be a citizen of India and
  • he must have been a judge of some high court for five years or an advocate of some high court for ten years or an eminent jurist

Tenure:  not fixed by the Constitution

  • The remuneration of the AG is not fixed by the Constitution. He receives such remuneration as the president may determine

Removal:

  • The Constitution does not contain the procedure and grounds for his removal. He holds office during the pleasure of the president.
  • He may also quit his office by submitting his resignation to the president.

Functions

  • Advise Government on legal matters.
  • Perform legal duties assigned by President.
  • Appear on behalf of Government in all cases in SC or HC.
  • Represent Government under Article 143.
  • Discharge functions conferred by Constitution or law.

Rights

  • Right to speak & take part in proceedings of both Houses of Parliament/joint sitting/any committee of Parliament of which he/she may be named a member.
  • Enjoys privileges & immunities of a Member of Parliament.
  • S/he is not debarred from private legal practice.

Limitations

  • No Right to Vote in House proceedings/committees.
  • Should not advise against or hold a brief against Government.
  • Should not defend accused persons in criminal prosecutions without the permission of the Government of India.
  • Should not accept appointment as a director in any company or corporation without the permission of the Government of India.

Source: The Hindu

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) With reference to the Union Government, consider the following statements: (2021)

  1. The Election Commission of India is a five-member body.
  2. Union Ministry of Home Affairs decides the election schedule for the conduct of both general elections and by-elections.
  3. Election Commission resolves the disputes relating to splits/mergers of recognized political parties.

Select the correct code:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 3 only

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