01 December, 2020

On His Majesty's Legal Service?

The A-G is meant to be a voice for the Constitution. Mukul Rohatgi’s score....

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On His Majesty's Legal Service?

If you came upon the Mukul Roha­tgi of the courtroom while walking down a lonely, dark alley, chances are you would turn tail and run. He is big, burly and menacing. In courtrooms, he has an imposing presence with his six-feet-something frame and a booming baritone to go with it. Quite the package to throw behind lawyerly declamations, and perhaps exactly the shock-and-awe qualities that help elicit a quick ‘stay’ or an interim order. That, many lawyers say, is where Rohatgi’s forte lies—obtaining quick relief for clients albeit at the price of an entry-level sedan.

But does a good lawyer necessarily make for a good attorney-general ? The opinion is divided. Some legal eagles hold that the attorney-general’s office is a constitutional post and he or she is essentially expected to uphold the Constitution and public interest. Others see nothing wrong in the A-G defending the government as a lawyer would ordinarily do for a client. Rohatgi himself (see interview) appears more inc­lined to see the A-G’s role strictly as the...



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