ATTORNEY GENERAL

  • LoP's absence won't invalidate Lokpal, CVC appointments: AG November 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The absence of recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha will not invalidate appointments in various statutory bodies including Lokpal and CVC among others, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has said. The Attorney General (AG), in his opinion to Lok Sabha on the issue of LoP, has also...
  • Opening account in foreign bank is not crime: Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi October 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Modi government facing the arduous task of fulfilling its promise of getting back black money stashed abroad, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi today said all amounts deposited in foreign banks by Indian citizens can't be termed as black money and that it is not a crime to...
  • Government seeks AG's opinion on need for Ordinance on coal blocks October 6, 2014

    New Delhi: The Coal Ministry has sought the opinion of Attorney General on whether the government needs to bring out an Ordinance to deal with the issues arising from the Supreme Court decision to deallocate coal mines. The issues that need to be resolved by...
  • Former Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati passes away September 2, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Attorney General of India GE Vahanvati, the first Muslim to become the top law officer of the country, died on Tuesday following a heart attack aged 65. Goolam Essaji Vahanvati is survived by his wife and son, Maharashtra's Advocate General Darius Khambata said. Vahanvati was appointed the 13th...
  • Coal scam: SC adjourns hearing till September 9 September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on illegally allocated coal blocks till September 9. The apex court asked all parties to file an affidavit on the issue of cancellation of the allocations. The Attorney General told the apex court that all coal allocations should not be cancelled...
  • EC plan on young voters' enrolment faces legal hurdle August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Election Commission's plan to ensure that young citizens are registered as voters as soon as they turn 18 has run into difficulties as the Attorney General has opined that the move to have multiple cutoff dates contradicts provisions of the Constitution. EC had earlier this year told the government...
  • Lokpal Appointment: AG, two others in the committee named to advice PM August 3, 2014

    The final committee to advice the Central government in Lokpal Appointment has been formed. The Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatagi, Secretary of Department of Personnel and Training and the Law Secretary have been named as the members of the committee. The committee will make suggestion sought by the Prime Minister on...
  • Lok Sabha Speaker says will take decision on LoP within next four days July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said she will take a decision on the issue of Leader of Opposition within the next four days after going through the rules and Attorney General's letter on the matter. Mahajan said the Speaker did not enjoy any personal discretion while choosing...
  • Congress may not move court if Speaker doesn't give them the LOP post July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress party is likely to abide by the decision of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over the issue of the post of Leader of Opposition in the House. According to sources, the party is unlikely to approach court if the Speaker's decision is in line with Attorney...
  • News 360: Setback for Congress as AG rejects plea for Leader of Opposition post July 25, 2014

    In a huge blow to the Congress, the Attorney General has rejected the party's plea for getting the post of the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The AG has claimed that the party must have 10 per cent of House strength to get the Leader of Opposition post. ...
  • Congress's plea for Leader of Opposition post in Lok Sabha rejected July 25, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to the Congress, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Friday rejected the party's plea for getting the Leader of Opposition's post in the Lok Sabha. The AG said that the party must have 10 per cent (55 seats) in the 543member Lok Sabha to get...
  • Collegium system needs to be revisited: Soli Sorabjee July 2, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, exAttorney General Soli Sorabjee said, "I have high regard for Gopal Subramanium, but I do feel that he should have waited a bit." He also said that the Collegium system needs to be revisited. ...
  • Indian origin judge appointed Singapore Attorney general June 25, 2014

    Singapore: Justice V K Rajah, an Indianorigin judge, was on Wednesday appointed as the eighth AttorneyGeneral of Singapore. Justice Rajah's appointment takes effect from Wednesday, said a statement from President Tony Tan Keng Yam's Office. Rajah takes over from Steven Chong. President Tan also appointed Rajah, 57, as a Member...
  • Government notifies Mukul Rohatgi as the next Attorney General June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The government has issued the notification of the appointment of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi as the next Attorney General. He succeeds GE Vahanvati. Rohatgi was one of the lawyers in the 2G scam case. As the country's first law officer, the Attorney General is the only nonmember of Parliament...
  • Mukul Rohatgi likely to be next Attorney General: sources May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is likely to be the next Attorney General, sources said on Sunday. Sources said that the BJP zeroed in on Rohatgi after Harish Salve said it would be hard for him to take up the post due to professional and personal commitments. The BJP leadership...
  • SC seeks Centre's response on plea challenging Jats' OBC quota April 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the Centre's response on a plea challenging the inclusion of Jats in the OBC category. The SC said the matter was serious and that the apex court will seek assistance of the Attorney General of India in the matter. The next hearing in the...
  • A-G seeks time in Bhullar's case, SC adjourns hearing till March 26 March 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on death row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar till March 26 as Attorney General GE Vahanvati has sought more time on grounds that the government is yet to take a decision on Bhullar's mercy plea. The Centre had earlier assured the...
  • AG wants opinion polls banned, say sources November 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In what will come as a shot in the arm for the Congressled United Progressive Alliance Government, Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati has reportedly told the Centre that prepoll opinion surveys should be banned, sources said on Monday. The Congress has already called for a ban on prepoll surveys...
  • AG asks for immediate disqualification of Lalu, Jagdish Sharma October 19, 2013

    Ending uncertainty over the procedure to notify the disqualification of convicted MPs Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma, the Attorney General has told the Lok Sabha secretariat to immediately issue the notification declaring the seats vacant. Giving his opinion for the second time in two weeks on the same subject, GE Vahanvati...
  • Coal scam: Attorney General apologises in SC for losing cool during arguments September 25, 2013

    Attorney General GE Vahanvati on Wednesday apologised before the Supreme Court for losing his cool during arguments in the coal blocks allocation scam case on Tuesday. The AG said that it was not meant to show any disrespect to the bench. "I am sorry for whatever happened on Tuesday," he told...
  • Did a BHEL employee make the hoax call to the AG imitating Sonia? September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: A woman employee of BHEL had allegedly made a call impersonating Congress President Sonia Gandhi to Attorney General GE Vahanvati, sources said. Attorney General Vahanvati received a call from a woman who claimed she was Sonia Gandhi's PA Anita Gupta. Delhi Police will file an FIR after Vahanvati complained...
  • Hoax call imitating Sonia: FIR will be lodged soon, says Shinde September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said that a FIR into a hoax call to Attorney General GE Vahanvati from a woman imitating Congress president Sonia Gandhi will be lodged soon. "The AG's complaint has been received by Delhi police. FIR will soon be lodged," he said. Meanwhile,...
  • Delhi Police probes hoax call to AG from a woman imitating Sonia September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Monday initiated a probe into a hoax call to Attorney General GE Vahanvati from a woman imitating Congress president Sonia Gandhi. "We have received a complaint from the Attorney General and we are conducting preliminary enquiry into it," police officials said. Police officials have, however, not...
  • Nuclear commercial deal hasn't been signed: Govt sources September 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trip to the US, the government is clearing the decks to take the Indo-US nuclear negotiations further, which has been stalled over America's objections to the civil nuclear liabilities law. Government sources say that the nuclear commercial deal has not been signed, but...
  • Coal scam: Attorney General to answer questions in SC today September 18, 2013

    The Centre on Tuesday faced a tough time in justifying the controversial coal block allocations in the Supreme Court which fired a volley of questions seeking explanation on various issues including why bidding procedure was not followed in giving away the valuable natural resource. The AG, who was flanked by Solicitor...
  • SC seeks clarifications from Centre on coal block allocations September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought several clarifications from the Centre relating to the policy and guidelines adopted in coal block allocations which was extended to private sector in the post-liberalisation era. A bench headed by justice R M Lodha is hearing PILs seeking cancellation of the coal block...
  • Auctions of the explored coal block likely by Dec-Jan, indicates Govt September 6, 2013

    The government, on Friday, said the auction of explored coal blocks may take place either by December or the beginning of the next year. "The auction of explored coal blocks is likely to be undertaken in December or by January 2014," Coal Secretary S K Srivastava said at a CII conference...
  • Centre to file a review petition against SC order on convicted MPs August 2, 2013

    New Delhi: The central government is all set to file a review petition against a Supreme Court order which bans convicted legislators from contesting elections. CNNIBN has learnt that the Attorney General has suggested that the government to file a review petition in the case. The AG has said since...
  • Lawmakers accuse Obama administration of abusing free speech rights May 16, 2013

    Washington: US lawmakers accused the Obama administration on Wednesday of trampling on free speech rights and evading questions about the Justice Department's secret seizure of Associated Press telephone records. US Attorney General Eric Holder, testifying before a House of Representatives panel, provided limited responses on the issue, noting he had been...
  • Ashwani should be sacked, PM should resign: BJP May 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The BJP upped the ante against Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Wednesday after the Supreme Court said that the heart of CBI's coal report was changed by the government officials. The apex court, while examining the affidavit submitted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with...