Additional Solicitor General of India
Additional Solicitor General of India abbreviated as ASG is a law officer of India and is the third ranking lawyer of the Government of India. The headquarters of Additional Solicitor-General may be at New Delhi or Mumbai or Chennai or Allahabad as the Government of India may specify from time to time. ASG is governed by Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987.
Current Additional Solicitors GeneralEdit
The current Additional Solicitors General are:
|Additional Solicitors General of India (Supreme Court)||Term|
|Balbir Singh||30 January 2020 - 29 June 2023|
|Suryaprakash V Raju||30 January 2020 - 29 June 2023|
|Rupinder Singh Suri||30 January 2020 - 29 June ×2023|
|Vikramjit Banerjee||5 March 2018 - 29 June 2023|
|Aman Lekhi||5 March 2018 - 30 June 2023|
|Madhavi Godaria Divan||18 December 2018 - 29 June 2023|
|KM Nataraj||14 January 2019 - 30 June 2023|
|Sanjay Jain||17 January 2019 – 30 June 2023|
|N. Venkatraman||30 June 2020 - 30 June 2023|
|Jayant K Sud||30 June 2020 - 30 June 2023|
|Aishwarya Bhati||30 June 2020 - 30 June 2023|
|R. Shankaranarayan (Madras High Court)||30 June 2020 - 30 June 2023|
|Anil Chandrabali Singh(Bombay High Court)||09 July 2017 - 30 June 2023|
|Chetan Sharma (Delhi High Court)||01 July 2020 - 30 June 2023|
|Yezdezard Jehangir Dastoor (Calcutta High Court)||30 June 2020 - 30 June 2023|
Duties of Solicitor General of India and other law officers are laid out in Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987:
- to give advice to the Government of India upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties of a legal character, as may from time to time, be referred or assigned to him by the Government of India.
- to appear, whenever required, in the Supreme Court or in any High Court on behalf of the Government of India in cases (including suits, writ petitions, appeal and other proceedings) in which the Government of India is concerned as a party or is otherwise interested;
- to represent the Government of India in any reference made by the President to the Supreme Court under Article 143 of the Constitution; and
- to discharge such other functions as are conferred on a Law Officer by or under the Constitution or any other Law for the time being in force.
Restrictions of private practiceEdit
As law officers represent government of India, there are certain restrictions which are put on their private practice. A law officer is not allowed to:
- hold briefs in any court for any party except the Government of India or the government of a State or any University, Government School or College, local authority, Public Service Commission, Port Trust, Port Commissioners, Government aided or Government managed hospitals, a Government company, any Corporation owned or controlled by the State, any body or institution in which the Government has a preponderating interest;
- advise any party against the Government of India or a Public Sector Undertaking, or in cases in which he is likely to be called upon to advise, or appear for, the Government of India or a Public Sector Undertaking;
- defend an accused person in a criminal prosecution, without the permission of the Government of India; or
- accept appointment to any office in any company or corporation without the permission of the Government of India;
- advise any Ministry or Department of Government of India or any statutory organization or any Public Sector Undertaking unless the proposal or a reference in this regard is received through the Ministry of Law and Justice, Department of Legal Affairs.
- "Constitution". Supreme Court of India. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Law Officers (Conditions of Service) Rules, 1987" (PDF). Gazette of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "List of Law Officers (As on 9.4.2015)" (PDF). Ministry of Law and Justice. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2014.