Attorney General To Select Cases In Which He Will Appear, Before Solicitor General Does: Law Ministry
The Law Ministry has notified that the list of cases before the Supreme Court will be first placed before the Attorney General for India so as to let him select the matters where his appearance is necessary.
As per the office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice the list of cases will be then placed before the Solicitor General of India who will mark the matters for himself or to the other law officers and counsels.
"ln respect of cases before the Supreme Court, the list of cases on daily basis, will first be placed before the Ld. Attorney General for lndia for the purpose of his selecting the matters in which he considers his appearance to be necessary. The list of cases will thereafter, be placed before the Ld. Solicitor General of lndia who will mark the matters to himself, to the Additional Solicitors General of lndia to appear alone or with Attorney General for lndia / Solicitor General of lndia and to the counsel from Group'A'/'B' /'C' Panel.", the office memorandum issued by the Law Ministry read.
The Law Ministry further stated that the cases before the High Courts of Delhi, Bombay (PB), Calcutta (PB), Madras (PB) and Karnataka (PB), cases on daily basis will be allocated / marked by the lncharge, Litigation / Branch Secretariats in consultation with the Additional Solicitor General of lndia concerned.
"All the subordinate offices of this Department i.e. Central Agency Section, Litigation (High court) section and all the four Branch Secretariats at Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru, are directed to ensure strict compliance of the procedure modified as above.", it was stated further.
As per reports, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi will be appointed as the Attorney General on October 1, 2022 as the current Attorney General KK Venugopal's tenure comes to an end on September 30, 2022. It will be Rohatgi's second stint as Attorney General. During his first term as the Attorney General, Senior Advocate Ranjit Kumar was the Solicitor General. Ranjit Kumar resigned a few months after Rohatgi, citing personal reasons. It was more than a year after Rohatgi's resignation that the present Solicitor General Tushar Mehta took charge. During Rohatgi's terms as the AG, Tushar Mehta was an Additional Solicitor General.