ATTORNEY GENERAL OF INDIA
Who is The Attorney General of India?
The Attorney General of India is the highest law officer in the country. Article 76(1) provided the office of the Attorney General of India. He is the chief legal officer of the government of India and a primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. He can be asked to be the Advocate from the Government’s side. He is assisted by a solicitor general and 4 other solicitors general.
How is the Attorney General of India appointed?
He is appointed by the President of India. He must be a person who is qualified to be appointed as a Judge in the Supreme Court i.e. he must have been a judge in a high court for at least 5 years or an advocate of any high court for 10 years or an eminent jurist in the opinion of the President.
What is the tenure of the Attorney General of India?
The term of the Attorney General of India is not fixed. He may be removed by the President at any time or he may resign by submitting his resignation to the President.
What are the Duties and functions of the Attorney General of India?
- To give advice to the government of India upon legal matters which are referred to him by the President.
- To perform such other duties of a character that are assigned to him by the president.
- To appear on behalf of the Government in all cases including suits, appeals, and other proceedings in the Supreme Court in which the government of India is concerned.
- He can accept the briefs but cannot appear against the Government.
- To represent the Government of India in any reference made by the President to the Supreme Court under Article 143 of the Constitution.
- He cannot defend an accused in the criminal proceedings and cannot accept the directorship of any company or corporation without the permission of the Government of India.