25 October, 2020

"I Have Friends In The Congress Too"

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on his eventful tenure.

Photo by Narendra Bisht
"I Have Friends In The Congress Too"

As a busy Supreme Court lawyer, he was almost always pitted against the government, like his predecessors. So how does it feel being the number one law officer of the government and defend it? Mukul Rohatgi spoke candidly and disarmingly of his eventful tenure as attorney-general in an interview with Ushinor Majumdar. Excerpts from the interview :

Since your appointment, have you tried to change the government’s role as the largest litigant in the country?

It is easy to call it that but all cases are begun by private parties against the government at lower levels. Unburdening courts has to be a multi-pronged approach. It cannot work only through increasing the number of judges or reducing the government cases. More judges and more judgements generate further litigation. We are trying to remove regulations and archaic laws, change procedures, remove so many appeals, etc. In income-tax, there are five levels: assessing officer, ITT, ITAT, HC and SC. A corporate group will take a dispute of Rs 50 lakh up...



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