President Pranab Mukherjee has approved his appointment. The government will notify his appointment in a day or two. News18 was the first to report on June 27 that Venugopal was the frontrunner for the post.
The 86-year-old succeeds Mukul Rohatgi, who stepped down after the first term. Earlier this week, Venugopal had told CNN-News18 that he was consulted about his proposed appointment. “It is premature to comment on the issue. There are some other names too that will be discussed once the PM is back to country. Let him come back and then we will see,” Venugopal, 86, had said.
Venugopal, who started his practice in the apex court in early 1960s, had said that he has was informed by the PMO that a decision was likely after the PM’s return from the US.
News18 was told that Prime Minister Narendra Modi favoured Venugopal’s appointment owing to his vast experience in the legal spectrum.
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 amicus curiae to assist the Supreme Court in 2G spectrum case.
He also appeared for BJP leader L K Advani in the Babri demolition case, in which the apex court recently clubbed the two trials and held that BJP leaders, including Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi, will have to face trial along with karsevaks for demolition of the disputed structure.