Mukul Rohtagi Law Insider

Tanisha Rana

Published on: September 13, 2022 at 22:06 IST

Following KK Venugopal’s resignation, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi is expected to be named India’s fourteenth Attorney General.

Rohatgi served as AG for the first time from June 2014 to June 2017; this will be his second term.

The tenure of AG Venugopal was prolonged at the end of June this year for an additional three months, or “until further instructions.” On September 30, this extension will end.

He spent five years as the Top Law Officer at the Centre.

Mr. Venugopal, 91, requested that the Centre let him depart after his three years were up in 2020 because of his advanced age. He was requested by the administration to serve another term. He remained, albeit for barely two years.

On July 1, 2017, Venugopal was appointed Attorney General for a three-year tenure that was later twice, for a year each, extended.

According to reports, Mukul Rohatgi will start his second tenure on October 1. He has also previously held the position of Additional Solicitor General for India.

According to sources, even after Mr. Rohatgi left office in 2017, the administration engaged him on delicate legal matters, like as the repeal of Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir unique status.

In 2014, shortly after the BJP gained a sizable majority and took office, Mr. Rohatgi was chosen to serve as the top attorney for the government for his first term.

One of the most well-known attorneys in India, Mr. Rohatgi has won a number of significant cases, including the Gujarat riots case in which he defended the Gujarat government.

Additionally, he argued the National Judicial Appointment Commission case.

The defence team for Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, who was detained in the drugs-on-cruise case, was managed by Mr. Rohatgi more recently.

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