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Decision on next attorney general at appropriate time: Prasad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The will take a decision on appointing a new attorney general at an "appropriate time", Minister said today.

Incumbent recently conveyed to the that he would like to be relieved from the post he has held for three years.

"We have taken note of request of the AG not to continue due to personal reasons. We respect that. Rohatgi has been a very distinguished AG. He has served with great distinction," the minister told reporters here.

"The will take a decision at an appropriate time" on who would be its next top officer, he said.

Rohatgi, who has said he wants to return to private practice, was appointed attorney general immediately after the came to power in May 2014. He has argued in many contentious matters like the challenge to the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act on appointment of judges for the higher judiciary.

Recently, he assisted the apex in the 'triple talaq' matter in which judgement is reserved.

Early this month, the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet extended his tenure until further orders.

Rohatgi had also represented the Gujarat government in the Supreme in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh matters.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 16:22 IST