Mukul Rohatgi set to be AG again as Venugopal says no to extension | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Union government is all set to appoint senior advocate and ex-attorney general Mukul Rohatgi as 16th AG for India from October 1 as the present AG K K Venugopal expressed unwillingness to continue in the top law officer’s post beyond September 30.
Venugopal had succeeded Rohatgi as AG in June 2017 after the Union government had expressed reservations towards giving him a two year extension beyond the stipulated three year term. Rohatgi, a close friend of then finance minister and late Arun Jaitley, was appointed as the top law officer in 2014 soon after Narendra Modi-led BJP trounced the UPA, which had formed government at the Centre for two consecutive terms since 2004.
However, Rohatgi sent in his resignation from the AG’s post in the second week of June sensing the mood of the government and returned to a roaring private practice. He is one of the five leading advocates in the SC and has a practice few can match in terms of volume and money.
The 90-year-old Venugopal, who was given two one year extensions beyond his three year term by the Modi government, has been repeatedly expressing his unwillingness to continue in the post. He had finally agreed for a three months extension, till September 30, to allow the government to scout for a new face. But, given the choices, the government veered towards 67-year-old Rohatgi as the most suitable candidate to be appointed as attorney general for India.
Sources said Rohatgi was persuaded to take up the top law officer’s post by PMO and the senior advocate acceded to the request. One of the biggest setbacks for the NDA government during the tenure of Rohatgi as AG was the striking down of National Judicial Appointments Commission legislation by a constitution bench of the SC, which had led to souring of relationship between the judiciary and executive for almost a year from October 2015.

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