As per TOI, after the Prime Minister’s return from three-nation tour, 86-year-old Venugopal to succeed Rohatgi as AGI.
“His experience and stature in the Supreme Court and legal circles make him stand head and shoulders above the others,” said a source.
Notably, The Attorney General of India is the chief legal advisor to the Indian government and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. AGI is appointed by the President of India and has a tenure of 3 years.
Earlier this month, Attorney General of India (AGI) Mukul Rohatgi had written to the government conveying his wish that he would not like a re- appointment to the post of the country’s top law officer, and wanted to return to private practice.
“I do not want to seek reappointment for the post. I have been made as AG for two terms. During the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government I was the AG,” he had said.
Mukul Rohtagi was appointed as the 14th attorney general of India in June 2014 and will be completing his tenure this year. He has represented the Gujarat Government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases. Besides some of these high-profile cases handled by him, Rohatgi had also appeared on behalf of big corporates in the 2G scam trial.