Tell Govt to Help Students to Cross Over to Moldova: CJI to AG

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Tell Govt to Help Students to Cross Over to Moldova: CJI to AG

  • The Supreme Court asked attorney general KK Venugopal to persuade the Centre to help evacuate Indian students stranded at Ukraine's border with Moldova.
  • The SC asked the AG to appear personally and see if he could help the students.

About Attorney General of India

  • India's Attorney General (AG) is a member of the Union Executive. The Attorney General is the country's highest law officer.
  • The office of Attorney General of India is established under Article 76 of the Constitution.
  • Solicitor General of India and Additional Solicitor General of India assist the AG in fulfillment of the official responsibilities.
  • Corresponding Office in the States: Advocate General (Article 165).

Appointment, Eligibility and Removal

  • On the suggestion of the government, the President appoints the AG.
  • S/he must be a citizen of India and must have served as a judge of a high court for five years or as an attorney of a high court for ten years, or as an eminent jurist, in the opinion of the President.
  • The Constitution does not specify the term of the office.
  • The Constitution does not specify the procedures or circumstances for the dismissal of the AG. He/she serves at the pleasure of the President (may be removed by the President at any time).

Duties and Functions

  • To provide legal advice to the Government of India (GoI) on subjects assigned to her or him by the President.
  • To carry out any additional legal responsibilities entrusted to her/him by the President.
  • To represent the Government of India in all Supreme Court and High Court in all the cases involving the Government of India.
  • To represent the Government of India in any Supreme Court referral made by the President under Article 143 of the Constitution (Power of the President to Consult the Supreme Court).
  • To carry out the duties entrusted to her or him by the Constitution or any other legislation.

Rights and limitations

  • S/he has the right to speak and participate in the proceedings of both Houses of Parliament or their joint sitting, as well as any Parliamentary committee of which s/he may be designated a member, but not to vote.
  • He or she has all of the privileges and immunities that a member of Parliament has.
  • He does not belong in the category of government employees. He is not forbidden from practising law in private.