UPSC : Attorney General of India
Attorney General of India
- Article 76 of Indian constitution has provided for the office of the Attorney General .
- He is the highest law officer in India.
- He is appointed by the president.
- The term of office is not fixed by the Constitution.
- The Constitution does not contain the procedure for his removal.
- He holds office during the pleasure of the president.
- Conventionally, he resigns when the government (council of ministers) resigns or is replaced, because he is appointed on the ruling government advice.
- Give advice to the Government on legal matters.
- To perform other legal duties assigned by the president.
- To discharge the functions conferred by the Constitution or any other law.
- Appear on behalf of the Government of India in all cases.
- Act as per article 143 of the Constitution.
- Appears in any high court on behalf of the Government of India.
- The Attorney General has the right of audience in all courts in the territory of India.
- He has the right to speak and to take part in the proceedings of the Parliament, but without a right to vote.
- The solicitor general of India and additional solicitor general of India are other law officers of the Government of India.
- Article 76 does not mention about the solicitor general and additional solicitor general.