Senior advocate R Venkatramani is new Attorney General of India
New Delhi, Sep 28: Senior advocate R Venkataramani will replace Mukul Rohatgi as the new Attorney General of India for a period of three years.
"The President is pleased to F. No. J-11011/1/2022-Judicial: appoint Shri R. Venkataramani, Senior Advocate as Attorney General for India for a period of three years from the date he enters upon his office." read the official notification.
The senior advocate will succeed K K Venugopal, whose term will end on September 30.
Venugopal, 91, was appointed to the post in July 2017. His term as the top law officer of the country was extended for three months on June 29.
Mukul Rohatgi, had last week declined the offer to be the attorney general but he did not give any specific reason.
Rohatgi held the AG post June 2014 and June 2017. Venugopal had succeeded him.
The attorney general is the top law officer of the government and enjoys the right to appear in any court in India. Besides handling government litigations, the AG also advises government on complex legal issues.
Born on April 13, 1950 in Puducherry, Venkataramani, 72, has practised in the Supreme Court for decades.
"Venkataramani has practised in various branches of law, prominently constitutional law, law of indirect taxes, human rights law, civil and criminal laws, consumer law, as well as law relating to services. He has represented the central government, several state governments, universities, public sector undertakings in their major litigations in the Supreme Court and various high courts," accoeding to PTI report.
Venkataramani enrolled in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in July, 1977 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1979. He was designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 1997. He had also been a member of the Law Commission in 2010.