K. K. Venugopal

Kottayan Katankot Venugopal (born 1931), known generally as K. K. Venugopal (personal name is Venugopal) is an Indian constitutional lawyer and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. On 30 June 2017, he was appointed as the Attorney General for India.

 

Early and personal life

Venugopal was born to a Nambiar family in Kanhangad, a town in the erstwhile South Canara district of Madras Presidency of British India (present-day Kerala, India), and grew up in Mangalore. Venugopal did his B.Sc in Physics from the prestigious Madras Christian CollegeChennai and law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum. Venugopal has also studied at St. Aloysius College (Mangalore). His father, M. K. Nambiar, was a barrister. He had a traditional arranged marriage and is the father of three children: 1 daughter and 2 sons. He is a keen collector of antiquarian books and has a very fine collection of old books.

 

Career

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. 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 BJP leader L K Advani in the Demolition of the Babri Masjid case

Honours

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