Centre extends KK Venugopal’s tenure by 3 months as Advocate General

K KVenugopal was appointed as the Advocate General of India in 2017 and his tenure was to end on June 30.

Advocate General KK Venugopal
KK Venugopal (File Photo)

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday extended the term of senior advocate KK Venugopal by three months as the Advocate General of India after the latter accepted the government’s request. Venugopal was appointed as the Advocate General of India in 2017 and his tenure was to end on June 30.

Kottayan Katankot Venugopal was born on September 6 1931. On 1 July 2017, he was appointed as the Attorney General of India. He is Patron of SAARCLAW (A regional apex body of SAARC) and earlier has been its President. He is the founder of M K Nambyar SAARCLAW Centre For Advanced Legal Studies at the NALSAR Law University.

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Venugopal served as President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA – International Association of Lawyers) from 1996 to 1997. KK Venugopal has appeared in many high-profile cases. Most significantly, he was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.

On June 30, 2017, he was appointed as the Attorney General of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 88-year-old succeeded Mukul Rohatgi, who stepped down after the first term. Venugopal held the office of Additional Solicitor General in Morarji Desai’s Government. He has appeared in a variety of cases in the last 50 years. Venugopal was appointed as amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court in the high profile 2G spectrum case.

He also appeared for the BJP leader L. K. Advani in the Demolition of the Babri Masjid case.

Venugopal is one of the main advocates for judicial reforms in India. He is against the creation of regional benches of the Supreme Court of India. Instead, he recommends that Courts of Appeal be established in the four regions of the country, who finally decide on appeals from the High Court judgments in all cases other than cases of national importance which affect the whole country, disputes between States or between States and the Centre, Presidential references and substantial questions of law relating to interpretation of the Constitution. This will relieve the burden on Supreme Court.

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