Senior advocate KK Venugopal is set to be India’s new Attorney General.
Sources said the proposal to appoint Venugopal as the successor of Mukul Rohatgi was discussed before Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for his recent three-nation tour. According to sources, Venugopal met the Prime Minister before he left for the tour.
“I will speak only after the notification is issued,” said Venugopal after he was contacted for a comment.
A noted constitutional expert, Venugopal is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. He also served as a Additional Solicitor General during the Morarji Desai government during the 70s.
Venugopal has been representing the government as a senior advocate in several important cases.
Of late he appeared for the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate before the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The apex court had asked him to continue in the matter despite Venugopal’s replacement by the ED after he had taken a view different from the agency and the government on the removal of an investigation officer.
Venugopal had recently appeared for senior BJP leader L K Advani and others before the apex court which restored the charge of criminal conspiracy against them and ordered the completion of the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case, in two years.
He has also appeared for P J Thomas when his appointment as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner by the erstwhile UPA government was challenged in the apex court which had set aside the government’s decision.
The 86-year-old veteran also represented the Madhya Pradesh Government during the hearing of National Judicial Appointments Commission Act in which he supported the validity of the central law to do away with the collegium system of appointment of judges for the higher judiciary.
However, his association with the BJP regime goes back to the Ayodhya movement when he had appeared for the then Kalyan Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh by assuring the Supreme Court that the disputed medieval structure would be protected.
Later, when on December 6, 1992, the structure was brought down by the kar sevaks, he had appeared before a bench of then Chief Justice M N Venkatachaliah at his residence in the evening.
(With inputs from PTI)