Attorney General of India

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The Attorney General for India is appointed by the President of India under Article 76 of the Constitution of India and holds office during the pleasure of the President. He must be a person qualified to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court. It is the duty of the Attorney General for India to give advice to the Government of India upon such legal matters and to perform such other duties of legal character as may be referred or assigned to him by the President. In the performance of his duties, he has the right of audience in all Courts in India as well as the right to take part in the proceedings of Parliament without the right to vote. In discharge of his functions, the Attorney General is assisted by a Solicitor General and four Additional Solicitors General.<ref></ref>

Former Attorneys General[edit]

The Attorneys General of India since independence are listed below<ref>Attorney General of Independent India</ref>:

Attorney General Term Incumbent Prime Minister
M. C. Setalvad 28.01.1950 - 01.03.1963 Jawaharlal Nehru
C.K. Daphtary 02.03.1963 - 30.10.1968 Jawaharlal Nehru
Niren De 01.11.1968 - 31.03.1977 Indira Gandhi
S.V. Gupte 01.04.1977 - 08.08.1979 Morarji Desai
L.N. Sinha 09.08.1979 - 08.08.1983 Indira Gandhi
K. Parasaran 09.08.1983 - 08.12.1989 Indira Gandhi; Rajiv Gandhi
Soli Sorabjee 09.12.1989 - 02.12.1990 V.P. Singh; Chandra Shekhar
G. Ramaswamy 03.12.1990 - 23.11.1992 Chandra Shekhar; P. V. Narasimha Rao
Milon K. Banerji 21.11.1992 - 08.07.1996 P. V. Narasimha Rao
Ashok Desai 09.07.1996 - 06.04.1998 H. D. Devegowda; Inder Kumar Gujral
Soli Sorabjee 07.04.1998 - 04.06.2004 Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Milon Kumar Banerji 05.06.2004 - 07.06.2009 Manmohan Singh
G E Vahanvati 08.06.2009 - Manmohan Singh