NEW DELHI: Renowned constitutional expert
has agreed to continue as
for India for one more year, declining the government’s offer of a full three-year term after his first term ends on June 30.
Venugopal, who was appointed attorney general on June 30, 2017, during the Modi government’s first term, will turn 89 in three months and will become the oldest senior advocate to hold the post. Renowned jurist MC Setalvad was India’s first attorney general, and had the
from 1950 to 1963.
Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote to Venugopal on June 6 and said, “You will be completing your tenure as attorney general on June 30, 2020. I wish to place on record my appreciation for the distinction with which you have served this high constitutional office. The government is keen that you kindly consider continuing as the attorney general.” Venugopal replied to him and said, “I will be 89 years old in another three months. Given my age, I may not be in a position to serve as attorney general for India for another full term. I would, however, be happy to continue as attorney general for India for a period of one year from July 1, 2020.”