Age: 72 Years
Wife: Vijayalakshmi Venkataramani
Some lesser known facts about R Venkataramani
- R Venkataramani is an Indian Advocate, practicing as a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India for almost 42 years. He is the fifteenth Attorney General of India.
- Venkataramani grew up in a middle-class family in Pondicherry.
- He was at the Government Law College, Pondicherry under the late Prof. Madhav Menon’s student.
- Venkataramani enrolled in the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu in July 1977. Thereafter, he started practicing as an advocate in the Madras High Court.
- After spending two years in the Madras High Court, Venkataramani moved to the Supreme Court of India. There, he joined the chambers of the late PP Rao, a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.
- After a few years, Venkataramani established his own independent practice in the Supreme Court and was designated as a senior advocate by the apex court in 1997.
- In the same year, he was named as the chairman of the independent monitoring panel. The panel was constituted by the World Bank, Government of India and National Thermal Power Corporation, to monitor and provide guidance on rehabilitation of people displaced by NTPC projects in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
- He served as Special Senior Counsel for various departments of the Central Government in High Courts and Supreme Court from 2004 to 2010.
- Venkataramani also served as an advocate of the Supreme Court in various matters relating to the service conditions of the employees of the Supreme Court.
- Venkataramani, specializing in various branches of law including major constitutional law, indirect tax law, human rights law, civil and criminal law, consumer law and law relating to services, has fought several legal battles in the High Courts and the Supreme Court. On behalf of the Central Government, various State Governments, Universities and Public Sector Undertakings.
- Venkataramani, over the years, has been an active member of several commissions in India including the Law Commission of India, the Equal Opportunity Commission and the Constitution Review Commission. He was appointed as a member of the Law Commission of India (for a period of three years) first in 2010 and again in 2013. He was part of a panel preparing a report on the establishment of the Equal Opportunity Commission.
- As a member of the Law Commission of India, Venkataramani served as Senior Advocate for the Government of India in the Supreme Court.
- He was once appointed as a co-selected member of the Expert Group of the Ministry of Minority Affairs. The group was constituted by the Ministry of Minority Affairs to examine and determine the composition and functions of the Equal Opportunity Commission.
- Venkataramani has also been involved in the works of the Constitution Review Commission headed by MN Venkatachaliah.
- He has a lifetime membership of several Lawyers Associations in India.
- Over the years, he has built associations with several renowned educational institutions in India, including the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (affiliated since 1988), The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, University of Petroleum and Energy included. Studies (UPES), Dehradun and Lloyd’s Law College, Greater Noida.
- He has helped create several legal education programs for young lawyers and law teachers at the National Law School, Bangalore and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association and has worked extensively to improve legal education.
- He has also served as a resource person at National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.
- Venkataramani, as a member of the South Asian Task Force on the Judiciary (consisting of members from SAARC nations), has worked on reports on the conditions of the judiciary, reforms in institutional structures and conditions of service.
- He represented India as a speaker at a workshop on the Alternative Protocol to International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, organized jointly by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Commission of International Jurists, in Geneva from 4 March. As of 6 March 2001.
- He has also been involved in the activities of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Afro-Asian region, particularly those relating to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
- In May 2022, he participated in an international conference held in Berlin and subsequently drafted a document on the right to food in collaboration with the International Working Group.
- In 2008, Venkataramani was a part of the Nepalese Constitution drafting and experience-sharing exercise.
- Some of his publications include:
- Co-authored a book on ‘Land Reforms’ in Tamil language in 1975
- Wrote a book titled Judgment of Justice O Chinnappa Reddy (former Supreme Court judge) which was published by International Institute of Human Rights Society.
- Author of a volume on ‘Torts’ in the series of Halesbury Laws of India, published by Butterworths
- Wrote several articles mainly on constitutional law, mainly on liberty, human rights and the role of law, and on legal education and environmental law.
- Contributed to the Annual Review of the Indian Law Institute (ILI), New Delhi
- Co-authored Restoration of Indian Law: Public Interest Litigation Sponsored by Committee on Restoration of Law – Joint Committee of Supreme Court of India and Indian Law Institute
- Reading and writing poetry is Venkataramani’s favorite pastime.
- On 23 July 2019, the Supreme Court in its judgment relating to the Amrapali case, R. Venkataramani as the court receiver. Court said,
We Mr. R. Venkataramani, the learned Senior Advocate as the Court Receiver. The right of the lessee shall vest in the Court Receiver and he shall, through an authorized person on his behalf, execute the tripartite agreement and do all other acts that may be necessary and also to ensure that the title is passed on to the home buyers. And the possession is handed over to them.”
- Amid the 2022 Karnataka hijab row case in the Supreme Court of India, R Venkataramani defended the hijab ban on behalf of two school teachers, saying that various places in the community needed public order.
- On 28 October 2022, R Venkataramani was appointed as the fifteenth Attorney General of India (for a term of three years) by the President of India. Draupadi Murmu, Venkataramani took charge of the office with effect from 1 October 2022, succeeding KK Venugopal. After being appointed as the Attorney General of India, Venkataramani expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister. Narendra ModiUnion Home Minister Amit Shahand Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju via a video message. he said,
I am deeply grateful to all the people who have made this possible for me. There are many of them. And I would also like to thank the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Home Minister and Law Minister for believing in me to do this very sensitive task. And I only wish and pray that in view of the support that all my friends have provided me, I am able to discharge this responsibility without any fear or favor and without any malice and to the best of my ability. I will be in position. ,
- In the same year, he was awarded the Skoch India Law Award for his meritorious service to law.
- Reportedly, the post of Attorney General of India was first offered Mukul Rohatgi, who did not take office citing personal issues. Later, R Venkataramani was selected for the post.