Venugopal front-runner for AG’s post

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jun 2017 09:14:58



SENIOR advocate K K Venugopal has emerged as the front-runner for the post of Attorney General following the decision of Mukul Rohatgi to step down as the top law officer in the Government.

The Attorney General’s (rpt Attorney General’s) appointment is likely to be announced shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from his three-nation tour, sources in the know said. Asked whether the 86-year-old noted constitutional expert has given his consent, they said that the issue and other aspects of his appointement will be considered only after the return of the Prime Minister.

“It will be pre-mature to comment anything at this moment. Wait for the return of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has to decide,” the sources told PTI.
Venugopal, who is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan, is likely to represent as the top
law officer for the second time, as he was one of the Additional Solicitors General during Morarji Desai’s government.

He has been associated with several government instrumentalities to represent them as a senior advocate. Lately, he has been appearing 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.

He 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.