The new government appointed senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi as the new Attorney General of India. He succeeds G.E. Vahanvati, who resigned on May 27, 2014.
As the country’s first law officer, the Attorney General is the only non-member of parliament who can come to parliament to give his opinion when it is sought. But he doesn’t carry any power to vote in the Parliament.
He advises government on the legal issues, when and where it arises, and assists the government in discharge of its legal and constitutional obligations.
According to the constitution, the attorney general is a person who is qualified to be appointed as the judge of the Supreme Court.
Mr Rohatgi said that his top priority will be to streamline litigations in the Supreme Court.
“I will see that the superior courts aren’t flooded with frivolous and petty litigations” he said, adding that he would make all efforts to check that the government does not involve itself in inter – ministerial litigations.