Attorney General of India?

The Attorney General of India, or Attorney General, is the principal legal advisor to the Government of India and the government's chief counsel in the country's Supreme Court. The Attorney General of India is appointed by the President of India. The appointment is made on the basis of the advice of the Prime Minister. The Attorney General must be eligible for appointment as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Current Attorney General of India 2023:

The present Attorney General of India or Attorney General R. Venkataramani is. He was appointed by President Draupadi Murmu on 1 October 2022 and will have a tenure of 03 years. R. Venkataramani is the 15th Attorney General of India. The first Attorney General of India was MC Setalvad.

List of Attorney Generals of India from 1950 to 2023

Name of Attorney General Term of office
MC Setalvad (longest tenure) 28 January 1950 to 01 March 1963
C.K. Daphtary 02 March 1963 to 030 October 1968
Niren De 01 November 1968 to 31 March 1977
S. V. Gupte 01 April 1977 to 08 August 1979
L. N. Sinha 09 August 1979 to 08 August 1983
K. osmosis 09 August 1983 to 08 December 1989
Soli Sorabjee (shortest tenure) From 09 December 1989 to 02 December 1990
G. Ramaswamy 03 December 1990 to 023 November 1992
Milan K. Banerjee 21 November 1992 to 08 July 1996
Ashok Desai 09 July 1996 to 06 April 1998
Soli Sorabjee 07 April 1998 to 04 June 2004
Milan K. Banerjee 05 June 2004 to 07 June 2009
Ghulam Essji Vahanvati June 08, 2009 to June 11, 2014
Mukul Rohatgi 12 June 2014 to 30 June 2017
K. K. Venugopal 30 June 2017 to 30 September 2022
R. Venkataramani October 1, 2022 to till now

Who appoints the Attorney General of India?

The Attorney General of India is appointed by the President of India under Article 76(1) of the Constitution of the country.

Tenure of the Attorney General of India:The Constitution of the country does not provide for a fixed term of office for the Attorney General, so he works at the pleasure of the President. He can be removed by the President at any time. There is no procedure or ground mentioned in the constitution for his removal.

Salary of the Attorney General of India:The salary and allowances of the Attorney General of India are not fixed in the Constitution of India, he gets the salary fixed by the President. According to the website of WorldGee, the salary of the Attorney General of India is Rs.90,000 per month.

Qualifications of the Attorney General of India:

  • A person who is a citizen of India and is qualified to be a Supreme Court Judge.
  • Any Indian citizen who has been a judge of a High Court for 5 years or an advocate of a High Court for 10 years.
  • Should be an eminent jurist as per President.

Duties (functions) of the Attorney General of India:

  • Following are the main functions of the Attorney General of India:-
  • To perform such statutory duties as are allotted or given by the President.
  • To advise the Government of India on legal matters.
  • To discharge the functions assigned to it by the constitution or any other law.
  • Representation of the Government of India in the Supreme Court by the President under Article 143 of the Constitution.
  • To appear on behalf of the Government of India in the Supreme Court on matters relating to the Government of India.
  • Right to be heard in the High Court in any matter relating to the Government.

Rights and Limitations:

  • The Attorney General has the right of hearing in any court in any territory of India
  • Apart from this, he has the right to speak in both the Houses of the Parliament or participate in the proceedings, he has the right to participate in the joint sitting of both the Houses without voting rights, he gets all the perks and privileges like an MP.
  • The constitution has also set limits on his duties to avoid any kind of conflict.
  • He cannot defend a person in any criminal case without the permission of the Government of India.
  • He cannot give any advice or analysis against the Government of India.
  • He cannot comment on matters in which he has to appear on behalf of the Government of India.
  • Cannot hold the office of director of any company without the permission of the Government of India.

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