Title : ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA
Date : Nov 30, 2021
Topic à Constitutional Posts and their related topics
- About the Attorney General of India:
- India's Attorney General (AG) is a member of the Union Executive.
- The Attorney General is the country's highest law enforcement official.
- The post of Attorney General of India is established under Article 76 of the Constitution.
- Appointment and Eligibility:
- On the suggestion of the government, the President appoints the AG.
- S/he must be a citizen of India and must have served as a judge of a high court for five years or as an attorney of a high court for ten years, or as a prominent jurist, in the judgement of the President.
- The Constitution does not specify the length of the office's term.
- The Constitution does not specify the procedures or circumstances for the removal of the AG. He/she serves at the pleasure of the President (may be removed by the President at any time).
- To provide legal advice to the Government of India (GoI) on subjects assigned to her or him by the President.
- To carry out any additional legal responsibilities entrusted to her/him by the President.
- To represent the Government of India in all Supreme Court and High Court cases involving the Government of India.
- To represent the Government of India in any Supreme Court referral made by the President under Article 143 of the Constitution (Power of the President to Consult the Supreme Court).
- To carry out the duties entrusted to her or him by the Constitution or any other law.
- Limitations and Rights:
- S/he has the right to speak and participate in the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament or their joint sitting, as well as any Parliamentary committee of which s/he may be named a member, but not to vote.
- He or she has all of the advantages and immunities that a member of Parliament has.
- He does not belong in the category of government employees. He is not forbidden from practising law in private.
- However, he or she should not advise or represent the Government of India in any way.
- The Solicitor General of India and the Additional Solicitor General of India assist the Attorney General in carrying out his official duties.
- Advocate General's Corresponding Office in the United States (Article 165).
- Source à The Hindu à 30/11/21 à Page Number 1
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