K K Venugopal to be new attorney general
Noted constitutional expert and senior advocate K K Venugopal will be the new attorney general for India. He will replace senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who stepped down on completion of his three-year term on June 11. The President approved the name of Venugopal, 86, as the top law officer of the country. The notification on his appointment could be issued anytime, sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi favored Venugopal in view of his vast experience, including at least 50 yearsof practice in the Supreme Court. Venugopal, who assisted the apex court in the 2G scam as an amicus curiae, has also appeared for BJP Leader L K Advani in the Babri demolition case. He was born in 1931. His father M K Nambiar was also a renowned lawyer.
Venugopal completed his LLB from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belagavi. He got enrolled as an advocate in 1954, and was designated as a senior advocate by the supreme court in 1972. He was appointed the additional solicitor general by the then Janata Party government of Morarji Desai in 1979. He was conferred the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald