Venugopal has been practicing law for over fifty years and has appeared for the several high-profile cases like 2G telecom litigation and Babri Masjid case
Senior lawyer KK Venugopal has been appointed as the new Attorney General of India to succeed Mukul Rohtagi, who completed his 3-year term last month and expressed his desire against a second term. President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared the appointment, the sources said.
Venugopal, who has been practicing law for over fifty years, has appeared for the several high-profile case including the 2G telecom spectrum litigation in which he was the amicus curie, reservation for OBCs in the Mandal case and the Babri Masjid demolition case for LK Advani.
The 86- year-old also held the office of Additional Soliciter General in Morarji Desai’s Government in 1977.
Interestingly, Venugopal’s chamber has produced many legal luminaries such as former finance minister P Chidambaram, senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, late M N Krishnamani and sitting Supreme Court judge Rohington Nariman. Besides, many high court judges too have come from his chambers.
A recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, Venugopal started his legal career in Mysore in 1954, before practicing at the Madras High Court under his father KM Nambiar, who was also a famous barrister. He grew up in Mangalore and studied law at Raja Lakhamgouda Law college, Karnataka.
In India, the Attorney General is the first law officer of the Government of India and acts as the top advocate for Union Government. He is responsible for giving advice to President / Government of India upon legal matters and to perform duties of legal character which are assigned to him by the President.
At the same time this post allows the person to take up private practice because of which he is not paid salary but a retainer to be determined by the President. The Attorney General gets a retainer equivalent to the salary of a judge of a Supreme Court. This retainer is paid from Consolidated Fund of India.