He is appointed by the President of India and holds office during the pleasure of the President. (Article 76(1))
He must be a person qualified to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
Powers and duties
The Attorney General is responsible for giving advice to the Government of India in legal matters referred to him.
He also performs other legal duties assigned to him by the President.
The Attorney General has the right of audience in all Courts in India.
Also, he has right to participate in the proceedings of the Parliament, though not to vote.
The Attorney General appears on behalf of Government of India in all cases in the Supreme Court in which Government of India is concerned.
The Attorney General cannot appear against the Government.
He cannot defend an accused in the criminal proceedings and accept the directorship of a company without the permission of the Government.
The Attorney General is assisted by a Solicitor General and four Additional Solicitors General.
The Attorney General is to be consulted only in legal matters and only after the Ministry of Law has been consulted.
All references to the Attorney General are made by the Law Ministry.
The Attorney-General is a member of the Cabinet in Britain. But in India, there is a Minister of law in the Cabinet to deal with legal affairs at Government level.