Attorney General of India

Basics about AGI:
  • Attorney General for India is the Indian government’s chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India.
  • He is appointed by the President of India under Article 76(1) of the Constitution and holds office during the pleasure of the President.
  • He is part of Union Executive.
  • He must be a person qualified to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court or an eminent jurist, in the opinion of the President and must be a citizen of India.
  • Attorney General is the first law officer of the government of India and acts as top advocate for Union Government.
  • He is responsible for giving advice to President/ Union Government upon such legal matters and to perform such other duties of legal character which are assigned to him by the President.
  • He has right of audience in all courts within the territory of India.
  • He has also the right to speak and take part in proceedings of both the houses of parliament including joint sittings.
  • But cannot vote in parliament.
  • Further, he can also be made a member of any parliamentary committee but in the committee also, he has no power to vote.
  • He has all the powers and privileges that of a member of parliament.
Private Practice
  • Attorney General of India is not a full time Government servant.
  • He is an advocate of the government and is allowed to take up private practice, provided the other party is not the state.
  • Further, without permission of the government he cannot defend the accused persons in criminal matters.

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