On Wednesday, R Venkataramani, the senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India, was appointed the Attorney General of India for three years, from October 1, 2022. He will succeed KK Venugopal, whose term ends on September 30.
Who is R Venkataramani?
Venkataramani is a lawyer having 42 years of experience in the Supreme Court. He joined the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in July 1977 and joined the chamber of senior Supreme Court advocate PP Rao in 1979.
After that, he established an independent practice in the Supreme Court in 1982. He was nominated as a Senior Advocate by the apex court in 1997. He was appointed as a member of the Law Commission in 2010 and again in 2013 for another term.
As a Supreme Court advocate:
Venkataramani has practised in various branches of law, mainly constitutional law, indirect taxes law, human rights law, civil and criminal law, consumer law, and services law.
He has also represented the Central Government, several State Governments, Universities, and Public Sector Undertakings in his major litigation in the Apex Court and High Courts. He continues to represent the Supreme Court in matters relating to his employees.
Venkataramani was invited to speak at a workshop jointly organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Commission of International Jurists in Geneva in 2001. The workshop presented a report to the Human Rights Commission on the Alternative Protocol to International Human Rights. , Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966.
He was further linked by the International Court of Justice with its activities in the Afro-Asian region, particularly ICESCR.