R Venkataramani appointed as 15th Attorney General of India

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The Union government has appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the 15th Attorney General of India for a period of three years.

Venkataramani will succeed 91-year-old K K Venugopal, whose term will end on September 30.

The development comes days after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi declined to become India's Attorney General.

The first Attorney General of India was MC Setalvad (1950-1963).

Attorney General of India 

Article 76 of the Indian constitution provides for appointment of Attorney general of India by the President of India.


The person who is appointed for the post of Attorney general shall have the same qualification as required to become the Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Term of Office 

He holds office at the pleasure of the President of India. It means he can be dismissed any time by the President.


He is the first law officer of the Government of India.

He gives legal advice to the President of India.

He can appear in any court of India on behalf of the government of India.

He is the only person apart from a minister who can participate in the proceedings of any house of the Parliament without being its member. However he cannot vote in the Parliament.

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