K. K. Venugopal
13th Attorney General of India
In office
1 July 2017 (2017-07-01) – 30 September 2022 (2022-09-30)
Prime MinisterNarendra Modi
Preceded byMukul Rohatgi
Succeeded byR. Venkataramani
Personal details
Kottayan Katankot Venugopal

(1931-09-06) 6 September 1931 (age 91)
Kanhangad, South Canara, Madras Presidency, British India
(present day Kasaragod, Kerala, India)
Alma mater

Kottayan Katankot Venugopal (born 6 September 1931) is an Indian constitutional lawyer and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India.[1] On 1 July 2017, he was appointed as the Attorney General of India and retired on 30 September, 2022.[2][3] He is Patron of SAARCLAW (A regional apex body of SAARC) and earlier has been its President.[4] He is founder of M K Nambyar SAARCLAW Centre For Advanced Legal Studies at the NALSAR Law University.[5]

Early and personal life

Venugopal was born in a Nambiar family to M. K. Nambiar and Kalyani Nambiar in Kanhangad, a town in the South Canara district of Madras Presidency of British India (present-day Kerala, India), and grew up in Mangalore.[citation needed]

Venugopal did his B.Sc in Physics from the prestigious Madras Christian College, Chennai and law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum. He had also studied at the St. Aloysius College, Mangaluru.[6]


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Venugopal served as President of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA - International Association of Lawyers) from 1996 to 1997.

Venugopal has appeared in many high-profile cases. Most significantly, he was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to serve as the Constitutional adviser for drafting of the Constitution of Bhutan.[7][8] On 30 June 2017, he was appointed as the Attorney General of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 88-year-old succeeded Mukul Rohatgi, who stepped down after the first term. Venugopal held the office of Additional Solicitor General in Morarji Desai’s Government. He has appeared in a variety of cases in the last 50 years. Venugopal was appointed as amicuscuriae to assist the Supreme Court in the high profile 2G spectrum case.

He also appeared for the BJP leader L. K. Advani in the Demolition of the Babri Masjid case.[9]


In 2015, he was conferred Padma Vibhushan award by the Government of India. This is the second-highest civilian honour in India. In 2002, he was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian honour.[10]

Opinion on judicial reforms

See also: Judiciary of India

Venugopal is one of the main advocates for judicial reforms in India.[citation needed] He is against the creation of regional benches of the Supreme Court of India. Instead, he recommends that Courts of Appeal be established in the four regions of the country, who finally decide on appeals from the High Court judgments in all cases other than cases of national importance which affect the whole country, disputes between States or between States and the Centre, Presidential references and substantial questions of law relating to interpretation of the Constitution. This will relieve the burden on Supreme Court.[11]


  1. ^ Constitutional experts criticise CEC’s decision
  2. ^ "I will be 90 by the time this one year will be over: KK Venugopal; Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks on Attorney General's extension".
  3. ^ "Senior advocate R. Venkataramani is the new Attorney General of India". The Hindu. 28 September 2022.
  4. ^ "K.K. Venugopal". January 2019.
  5. ^ "M K Nambyar SAARCLAW Centre for Advanced Legal Studies | NALSAR UNIVERSITY OF LAW".
  6. ^ "Meet K K Venugopal India's 15th Attorney General; all you want to know about government's chief legal advisor". Financialexpress.
  7. ^ "Meet 86-yr-old KK Venugopal, who replaces Mukul Rohatgi as Attorney General". Business Standard India. 30 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Aadhaar, triple talaq immediate challenges for new attorney general KK Venugopal". 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Babri Masjid Case: Supreme Court adjourns Babri demolition case hearing for two weeks". The Economic Times. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Conversation with Constitutional Law Expert and Senior Advocate KK Venugopal". Bar & Bench. 17 August 2012. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.