Attorney General of India Current Affairs - 2020

Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award

The Vice President Shri Venkaiyah Naidu presented the “Most Eminent Senior Citizen Award” to scholar, legal luminary and former Attorney General of India Shri K Parasaran. He was honored with the award on the occasion of Elder’s Day celebration organized by Age Care India.

About Parasaran

K Parasaran was born in 1927. He is an Indian lawyer. He was Advocate General of Tamil Nadu in 1976 and Attorney General of India under former PMs Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2003 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011.

Advocate General

The Advocate General of the state is the highest law officer of the state. Articles 165 deals with the Advocate General of the state and Article 177 deals with rights Advocate General in respective houses. He gives advices to the government in the legal matter. He also discharges duties assigned on him by the State Government.

Attorney General

The Attorney General is the chief legal advisor to Government of India. He is a primary lawyer in the Supreme Court. He is appointed by the President of India on the advice of Union Cabinet. Article 76 deals with the Attorney General of India.

The 15th and the current attorney general of India in October 2019, is K.K.Venugopal.

Lokpal Search Committee holds its First Meeting

The Lokpal Search Committee headed by former Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai held its first meeting and discussed modalities related to the appointments of the chief and members of Lokpal.

The other members of the committee include former chief of State Bank of India (SBI) Arundhati Bhattacharya, Prasar Bharati chairperson Surya Prakash, former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) head A S Kiran Kumar, former Allahabad High Court judge Sakha Ram Singh Yadav, former Gujarat Police head Shabbirhusein S Khandwawala, retired IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre Lalit K Panwar and Ranjit Kumar

Supreme Court Sets a Deadline

The Supreme Court has set a February-end deadline for the search committee to send a panel of names who could be considered for the appointment as chairman and members of Lokpal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee.

Selection of Lokpal

The names proposed by the search committee would be scrutinised by the selection committee headed by Prime Minister and comprising of Speaker of Lok Sabha, leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court judge nominated by CJI and an Eminent jurist to be nominated by President of India on basis of recommendations of the first four members of the selection committee through consensus.

Upon the recommendation of the selection committee, President has nominated Mukul Rohatgi, former Attorney General of India as ’eminent jurist’ member of the panel against the vacancy arising following the death of senior advocate P P Rao.