ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA ARTICLE-76 CURRENT AG: K.K VENUGOPAL ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA
QUALIFICATION AND TENURE He is the highest law officer appointed by the president Qualifications: 1. A judge of supreme court. 2. He must be a citizen of India. 3. A judge of some high court for five years or an advocate of some other court for 10 years or an eminent jurist , in the opinion of president. Constitution does not contain the procedure and grounds for his removal OHe may also quit his office by submitting his resignation to the President. The term of office of AG is not fixed by the constitution. He holds the office during the pleasure of president-at any time. Conventionally, he resigns when the government resigns or is replaced, as he is appointed on its advice.
DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS 1. To give advice to the government of India upon such legal matters, which are referred to him by the president. 2. To perform other such duties of a legal character that are assigned to him by the president. 3. To discharge the functions conferred on him by the constitution or any other law. The president has assigned the following duties: 1.To appear on behalf of government of India in all cases of supreme court in which government of India is concerned 2.To represent the government of India in any reference made by the president to the supreme court under article 143 of the constitution 3.To appear in high court in any case in which Govt. of India is concerned.
RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS In the performance of his official duties, the attorney general has the right of audience in all courts in territory of India. 2.He has the right to speak and to take part in proceedings of both the houses of parliament or their joint sitting and committee of the parliament of which he may be named as a member ,but without a right to vote. 3.He enjoys all the privileges and immunities that are available to a member of parliament. LIMITATIONS: 1. He should not advise or hold a brief against the government of India. 2. He should not advise or hold a brief in cases in which he is called upon to advise or appear for the government of India To be cont...
3. He should not defend accused persons in criminal prosecutions without the permission of govt. of India. 4.He should not accept appointment as a director in any company or corporation without the permission of Govt. of India. However attorney general is not a full time counsel for the govt. he doest not fall in the category of government servants Further, he is not debarred from private legal practice
SOLICITOR GENERAL OF INDIA In addition to AG, there are other law officers of Govt. of India. They solicitor general of India and additional solicitor of India. They assist the AG in the fulfillment of his official responsibilities.