Supreme Court’s senior advocate, KK Venugopal, has been named as the next attorney general of India. There were several names doing round for the post including solicitor general Ranjit Kumar and former solicitor general Harish Salve. But, Venugopal had himself confirmed his elevation.
Attorney General for India is the Indian government’s chief legal advisor. The person is government’s primary lawyer in SC. He is appointed by the President under Article 76(1) of the Constitution.
The 86-year-old Venugopal is from Kerala’s Kasargode district. He started his legal career in Mysore, in 1954, before practicing at the Madras HC under his father. He has over five decades of legal experience.
Venugopal studied law in Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum, Karnataka. His father, M.K. Nambiar, was a barrister.
He shifted to Delhi when he was appointed additional solicitor general after the Emergency. In 1972, he was elected as a senior advocate and made his mark in several important cases.
In 1979, he was made the Additional Solicitor General by the then Janata Party government.
Venugopal has appeared for several prominent cases, including for BJP leader L K Advani in Babri Masjid demolition case. He had also represented AB Vajpayee and Advani when they were detained upon imposition of the Emergency.
Venugopal is also one of the highest paid lawyers in India.
Venugopal was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser to draft the Constitution of Bhutan.
In 2015, he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award, the second-highest civilian honour in India.
He had previously received the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour.