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Center extends Attorney General Venugopal’s tenure by one year

The Center has directed Attorney General K.K. Venugopal has been extended his term for one more year till June 30, 2022. Venugopal, 89, was appointed Attorney General on July 1, 2017 for a three-year term following Mukul Rohatgi’s decision to step down as the top law officer. Formal orders regarding their new extension will be issued soon.

The tenure of an AG is usually three years. However, when his first term was about to end last year, Venugopal had requested the government to give him an extension of one year, citing his advanced age. Following his request, the Center had last year extended the tenure by one more year.

The government has taken into account that Venugopal has been handling high profile cases in the Supreme Court, and has vast experience in the bar. Venugopal’s current term is coming to an end in the next few days.

Venugopal is a renowned constitutional expert and recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan awards. He served as the Additional Solicitor General during the Morarji Desai government. He appeared on behalf of CBI and ED before the Supreme Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.