Attorney General of India
The Attorney General for India is the Indian government's chief legal advisor, and its primary lawyer in the Supreme Court of India. He is appointed by the President of India under Article 76(1) of the Constitution and holds office during the pleasure of the President. He must be a person qualified to be appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
The Attorney General, like an Advocate General of a State is not supposed to be a political appointee, in spirit, but this is not the case in practice. Every time a party comes to power in the general elections, all the law officers resign and law officers loyal to the new party are appointed.
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 as well as the 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 (including suits, appeals and other proceedings) in the Supreme Court in which Government of India is concerned. He also represents the Government of India in any reference made by the President to the Supreme Court under Article 143 of the Constitution.
Unlike the Attorney General of the United States, the Attorney General of India does not have any executive authority, and is not a political appointee, those functions are performed by the Law Minister of India.
The Attorney General can accept briefs but 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 of real importance and only after the Ministry of Law has been consulted. All references to the Attorney General are made by the Law Ministry.
Politicization of the Attorney General 
Attorney General is selected by the Government and acts as its advocate, and hence is not a neutral person. Nevertheless, it is a constitutional authority, and his or her opinions are subject to public scrutiny. On several occasions however, the opinions pursued by the Attorney General appear to have been extremely politicized.
During some of the AG tenures, it has been felt that the attorney general has gone too far. Niren De during Indira Gandhi replied to a question by Hans Raj Khanna stating that even the right to life can be suspended during emergency.
Similarly, in 2005, when the UPA government was planning a possible coalition with Mayawati, Milon K. Banerjee's opinion absolving Mayawati in the Taj corridor case was ignored by the Supreme Court In a direct condemnation of the government which asked the CBI to heed attorney general Milon Banerjee’s opinion and close the case against Mayawati, the Supreme Court told the agency not to go solely on the AG’s opinion and place all evidence before it.
Former Attorneys General 
The Attorneys General for India since independence are listed below:
|Attorney General||Term||Incumbent Prime Minister|
|M. C. Setalvad||28.01.1950 - 01.03.1963||Jawaharlal Nehru|
|C.K.Daphtary||02.03.1963 - 30.10.1968||Jawaharlal Nehru; Lal Bahadur Shastri|
|Niren De||01.11.1968 - 31.03.1977||Indira Gandhi|
|S.V. Gupte||01.04.1977 - 08.08.1979||Morarji Desai|
|L.N. Sinha||09.08.1979 - 08.08.1983||Indira Gandhi|
|K. Parasaran||09.08.1983 - 08.12.1989||Indira Gandhi; Rajiv Gandhi|
|Soli Sorabjee||09.12.1989 - 02.12.1990||V. P. Singh; Chandra Shekhar|
|G. Ramaswamy||03.12.1990 - 23.11.1992||Chandra Shekhar; P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Milon K. Banerji||21.11.1992 - 08.07.1996||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Ashok Desai||09.07.1996 - 06.04.1998||H. D. Devegowda; Inder Kumar Gujral|
|Soli Sorabjee||07.04.1998 - 04.06.2004||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Milon K. Banerji||05.06.2004 - 07.06.2009||Manmohan Singh|
|Goolam Essaji Vahanvati||08.06.2009 - incumbent||Manmohan Singh|
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- "Supreme Court of India - CONSTITUTION". Supreme Court of India. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
- "Milon Banerjee has devalued his position: BJP". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 30 April 2009.
- Attorney General of Independent India