Kottayan Katankot Venugopal, the Constitutional law expert and Senior Advocate on the proposal of the Central Government has agreed to continue as the Attorney General of India for one more year. KK Venugopal is the 15th Attorney General of India appointed on 30th June 2017 after Mukul Rohatgi stepped down from the post in the year 2017 after completing his 3 years tenure.
Article 76 of the Indian Constitution states that Attorney General is the highest law officer who has to advise the union government on all the legal matters. The first Attorney General of India was MC Setalvad appointed on 28th January, 1950.
KK Venugopal was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General under the Morarji Desai’s Government. He has also appeared in many high-profile cases like Babri Masjid Demolition case, 2G Spectrum etc. He was also appointed the Constitutional adviser for drafting of Constitution of Bhutan by the Bhutan Government. He was awarded Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhsushan in year 2002 and 2015 respectively.
By: Nandini Srivastava