Attorney General of India – Notes [GK PDF]

Attorney General is the chief legal advisory officer of the government of India. He is also a foremost lawyer in the Supreme court. The president of India appoints Attorney General with the advice of cabinet.

Attorney General of India

Attorney General of India – Notes: Pursuant to Article 76 of Chapter V of the Indian Constitution, the President of India appoints an Attorney General. The Attorney General is the highest or chief legal officer of the Government of India. Under the Seventh Schedule of the Indian Constitution, the subject of the Attorney General is mentioned. The matter of the Attorney General in the Constitution has been adopted from the British Constitution. The Indian Parliament is not made up of the Attorney General. Because according to Article 79 of the Constitution, the Parliament consists of the President, the Lok Sabha, and the Rajya Sabha.

Functions of Attorney General of India

1. The Attorney General may participate in the work of Parliament, even he is not a member of it.

2. He may deliver speeches or provide information in the joint session of parliament but may not participate to vote in parliament (Article 84).

3.  He may direct legal action in favor of the Government of India if the Government of India is involved in various international conflicts or if there are problems in two or more states with the Central Government.

4. Parliament may change the function of the Attorney General at different times. If he wishes to resign, he could send his resignation letter to the President of India.

5. The Attorney General in England is a member of the Cabinet – but not a member of the Cabinet in India.

6. The Attorney General can obtain information from courts anywhere in Indian territory.

7. The Attorney General is the highest law officer of the central government.

8. The Attorney General is the only constitutional office-bearer in the Indian Constitution who, despite not being a part of Parliament, can attend both houses of parliament and participate in any discussion.

9. The term of office of the Attorney General depends on the satisfaction of the President. He sent his resignation letter to the President.

Qualification for appointment of Attorney General of India.

A person can be appointed as the Attorney General if he has the same qualifications as the judges of the Supreme Court. He is considered as the equivalent to other members of parliament. The desire qualification should necessary are

  1. Must be a citizen of India
  2. Should have working experience as a judge of 5 years at the high court of any state of India or 10 years as an advocate in the high court.

Term of Attorney General of India

  • The term of the Attorney General depends on the President. There is no fixed term of the attorney general. The constitution of India does not mention it.
  • The Attorney General is nominated by the concerned Central Government. In other words, if the government changes at the center, the attorney general also changes.
  • Since the Attorney General does not have a fixed salary structure, it is determined by the President.

# List of Attorney General of India

Attorney GeneralDuration
M. C. Setalvad 28/1/1950 – 1/3/1963
C. K. Daphtary 2/3/1963 – 30/10/1968
Niren De 1/11/1968 – 31/3/1977
S. V. Gupte 1/4/1977 – 8/8/1979
N. Sinha 9/8/1979 – 8/8/1983
K. Parasaran 9/8/1983 – 812/1989
Soli Sorabjee9/11/1989 – 2/12/1990
G. Ramaswamy3/12/1990 – 23/11/1992
Milon K. Banerji 21/11/1992 – 8/7/1996
Ashok Desai9/7/1996 – 6/4/1998
Soli Sorabjee7/4/1998 – 4/6/2004
Milon K. Banerji 5/6/2004 – 7/6/2009
Goolam Essaji Vahanvati8/6/2009 – 11/6/2014
Mukul Rohatgi 19/6/2014 – 18/6/2017
K. K. Venugopal1/7/2017 – present
Attorney General of India list

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