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Attorney General of India
Highest legal officer of the Union Government. He is Appointed by the President. The person should be qualified to be appointed a judge of the SC.
He is entitled to audience in all courts of the country & can take part in the proceedings of the Parliament & its committees. However, he is not given the right to vote.
He is also allowed to take up private practice provided the other party is not the State. Because of this, he is not paid salary but a retainer to be determined by the President.
In England, the Attorney General is a member of the Cabinet, but in India he is not.
It is a political appointment and therefore, whenever there is a change in the party in power, the Attorney General resigns from his post to enable the new Government to appoint a nominee of his choice.
The Attorney General is assisted by two Solicitors – General and four Additional Solicitors – General.
The Attorney General gets a retainer equivalent to the salary of a judge of the Supreme Court.
State Attorney General Function
- Gives advice on all such legal matters which may be referred or assigned to him by the President.
- Appears before the Supreme Court and various High Courts in cases involving the Government of India.
- [Every state shall have an Advocate – General to advice the government on legal matters – Article 165].