Attorney General KK Venugopal
Attorney General KK Venugopal

I will be 90 by the time this one year will be over: KK Venugopal; Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks on Attorney General's extension

Pallavi Saluja

Senior Advocate KK Venugopal will continue as Attorney General for India for another year, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has confirmed to Bar & Bench. Venugopal's term was due to expire at the end of this month.

Speaking to Bar & Bench, Ravi Shankar Prasad said,

"We had requested KK Venugopal that he has served as the Attorney General with great distinction in the last three years and we would like him to continue. Thereafter, he has agreed to continue for one more year."
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Prasad confirmed that Venugopal had expressed his desire to relinquish the post.

Speaking to Bar & Bench on his decision to continue as AG for another year, Venugopal said,

"I had expressed my desire to not continue as Attorney General because of my age, but Centre requested me to continue for another year."

"I will be 90 by the time this one year will be over. To the best of my knowledge, there is no law officer or Attorney General in any part of the world, functioning at the age of 90. I, therefore, have agreed to continue for a year."

KK Venugopal

KK Venugopal was appointed as the 15th Attorney General for India on July 1, 2017. His term was set to expire on June 30, 2020. Venugopal had succeeded Mukul Rohatgi, who had stepped down after his first term ended on June 11.

During his first term as the Attorney General, Venugopal has appeared for the Centre in several prominent cases of Constitutional significance, including the following:

More recently, Venugopal has also been appearing for the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in cases concerning whether employers should be compelled to pay full wages of their employees amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Venugopal has been in the legal profession for nearly six decades. He was an Additional Solicitor General during the tenure of Morarji Desai government. Widely regarded as an expert in Constitutional Law, Venugopal shifted base to Delhi from Chennai 25 years after joining the Bar in Madras.

By his own admission, Venugopal joined the legal field by sheer accident as he could not complete his BSc in Physics. He enrolled at the Bar in January 1954 in the erstwhile Mysore High Court, and thereafter at the Madras High Court.

He started his practice under his father, MK Nambiar. He initially practiced in litigation relating to the grant of motor vehicle permits, inter-state permits and variation of routes. He began appearing in the Supreme Court in the 1960s, when the Advocates Act was enacted. He grew in eminence as a Constitutional Law Expert and was designated Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 1972.

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