After Mukul Rohatgi’s term came to an end on 19 June, a number of prominent names are making the rounds to the top constitutional post attorney general.
While the current Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar and former solicitor general Harish Salve are among the favourites to take over from Rohatgi, another name has now entered the contention: senior constitutional expert KK Venugopal.
Venugopal graduated with a law degree from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belagavi.
Enrolled as an advocate in 1954, he was designated as a senior advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 1972.
Being a constitutional expert, Venugopal has appeared for various cases involving the infringement on the Constitution of India. He has appeared in high profile cases like the Puducherry Assembly speaker election case, Karunanidhi Ministry’s dismissal case (1976) and the Babri Masjid case. He was also instrumental in urging the Supreme Court to stay the implementation of the Mandal Commission to stop an escalation in student violence.
A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Venugopal is also one of the highest paid lawyers in India, with a report in Legally India, pegging his fee per appearance between five to 15 lakhs.