K. K. Venugopal reappointed Attorney General for one year

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News: President of India has reappointed Senior Advocate K.K. Venugopal as Attorney General for India for one year.

Facts:

  • Attorney General: Article 76 of the Indian Constitution deals with the position of Attorney General of India.
  • Appointment: Attorney General(AG) is appointed by the President.He must be a person who is qualified to be appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Removal: The Constitution hasn’t explicitly fixed the term of office of the AG as well as it does not contain the procedure and grounds for his removal.Hence,he holds office during the pleasure of the President.
  • Remuneration: The remuneration of AG is not fixed by the constitution. He receives such remuneration as determined by the President.
  • Duties:
    • To give advice to the Government of India on the legal matters.
    • To perform other legal duties which are referred or assigned to him by the President.
    • To discharge the functions conferred on him by the Constitution or any other law.
  • Rights:
    • He has the right of audience in all courts in the Territory of India.
    • He has the right to speak and to take part in the proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament or their joint sitting and any committee of the Parliament of which he may be named a member but without a right to vote.
    • He enjoys all immunities and privileges available to the Member of Parliament.
    • He is not considered as a government servant and he can practise privately too as he is not debarred from private legal practice.