Lead lawyer Mukul Rohatgi has rejected the central government’s proposal to be appointed as India’s next Attorney General.
Rohatgi was to be appointed as the 14th Attorney General of India to replace the current KK Venugopal.
When asked about his decision to reject the Center’s offer, Rohatgi told ANI that there is no particular reason for rejecting the offer and that he “thought again” and decided not to accept the offer.
Had Rohatgi accepted the offer, it would have been his second term as attorney general, after first holding the post between June 2014 and June 2017.
Previously, veteran attorney and current attorney general KK Venugopal expressed his unwillingness to continue in the role of senior law enforcement officer beyond September 30, citing health problems.
Widely respected as an expert in constitutional law, Venugopal succeeded Rohatgi as Attorney General on July 1, 2017, for a three-year term. Venugopal, 91, who was granted two one-year extensions beyond his three-year term by the Union government, repeatedly expressed his unwillingness to continue in office.
In June of this year, Venugopal’s term was extended for another three months by the Center. The government urged him to continue for three more months. He finally agreed to a three-month extension, until September 30, to allow the government to search for a new face.
Rohatgi, 67, was offered the appointment of Attorney General.
Rohatgi served as AG for three years from 2014 to 2017 after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government came to power. Rohatgi is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and previously served as Additional Attorney General of India.
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