New Delhi | The Supreme Court today dismissed a petition contending that the constitutional provisions barred the Attorney General from appearing in private matters. The PIL had sought scrutiny of Article 76 of the Constitution which deals with the appointment and powers of the Attorney General.
When the advocate appearing for the petitioner questioned the appearance of the AG in private matters, a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Amitava Roy asked him if there is no conflict of interest, can’t he appear in the private matters.
When AG appears in the court, we sometimes call him by name also. Even in private matters, he is sometimes called as AG, the bench said. The issue was raised in the wake of a recent development in which Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi appeared for a private client, Kerala Bar Hotels Association, in a liqour matter.
The AG was criticised by some persons, including the Chief Minister of Congress-ruled Kerala, Oommen Chandy, for appearing on behalf of the private client. The PIL was filed by Centre for Consumer Education.
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