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Centre orders daily listing of all cases related to it before Attorney General

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The Central government has ordered placing of all cases related to it before the Attorney General of India on daily basis, so as to decide in which of them he was required to appear before the court.

The list would then be placed before the Solicitor General of India, so that he can decide what cases he would like to represent, while marking the rest for Additional Solicitor Generals and other Counsels, appointed to represent the Union government.

As per an office memorandum issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice, the matters related to the High Courts of Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Madras and Karnataka would be allocated by the In-charge, in consultation with the Additional Solicitor General.

As per the order, the Central Agency section and other branches were directed to ensure strict compliance of the order, which was issued after the approval of the competent authority.

The directive assumed importance in the backdrop of Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi becoming the Attorney General for India for the second time from October 1.

The extended term of incumbent K.K. Venugopal would end on September 30. the AG has expressed his reluctance to continue further to the post, in view of his advancing age.

Currently, present Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta, is being understood to having a final say on the allocation of cases, with several lawyers in the Supreme Court noticing marking of less significant cases to Additional Solicitor Generals.

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