Consider the following statements about the Attorney General of India:
1. He is appointed by the President of India and removed by impeachment by Parliament.
2. He must have the same qualifications as are required by a judge of the Supreme Court.
3. He is allowed to take up private practice even while serving as AG.
Which of the statements is/are correct?
1 and 2 only
2 and 3 only
The Attorney General (AG) is appointed by the President. He must be a person who is qualified to be appointed a judge of the Supreme Court. He holds office during the pleasure of the President. This means that he may be removed by the President at any time. He may also quit his office by submitting his resignation to the President. Conventionally, he resigns when the government (council of ministers) resigns or is replaced as he is appointed on its advice.
Attorney General of India is not a full time Government servant. He is an advocate of the government and is allowed to take up private practice, provided the other party is not the state.