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Citing “no specific reason,” Mukul Rohatgi rejects offer to serve as the next attorney general

On Sunday, senior attorney Mukul Rohatgi said that he had turned down the offer from the Indian government to serve as the country’s next attorney general. Rohatgi told PTI that he had no particular justification for his choice.

Rohatgi received an offer from the centre earlier this month to take over as AG from K K Venugopal, 91, whose tenure would end on September 30. From June 2014 to June 2017, Rohatgi served as AG. Venugopal, who was chosen for the position in July 2017, succeeded him.

On June 29, Venugopal was reappointed as the nation’s top law enforcement official for a three-month term. He had declined to remain in the position for “personal reasons.” He did, however, grant the government’s request to extend the deadline until September 30, according to prior statements from Union law ministry officials.

The 91-year-old informed the government on his third extension that he did not want to continue working in the position after September 30 owing to health concerns. The government then spoke with Rohatgi, who was initially on board as well.

Before Venugopal took office, Rohatgi held the position of attorney general from June 2014 to June 2017. In the Supreme Court case involving the riots in 2002, he defended the Gujarati government. In addition to other well-known cases, Rohatgi represented the Centre in the Supreme Court in the Triple Talaq and Aadhaar cases.

Ahir Mitra
Ahir Mitra

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