The government has decided to give its top law officer, attorney general Goolam Essaji Vahanvati, a second three-year term.
The law ministry has forwarded the proposal to the Prime Minister's Office, recommending renewal of Vahanvati's tenure, who was first appointed to the post in June 2009.
Vahanvati, the first Muslim to hold the office of attorney general in the country, had served as solicitor general between 2004 and 2009, after the UPA came to power. He had started practising as a lawyer in Mumbai in 1972, and also served as the advocate general of Maharashtra.
According to Article 76 of the constitution, the attorney general is appointed by the President, and "holds office during the pleasure of the President".
Vahanvati's first three-year tenure as the government's top law officer was marked by several challenges. The government has been on the backfoot in several crucial cases in the Supreme Court, and there have been instances of the government's law officers speaking in different voices.
With the extension of Vahanvati's tenure, the government is expected to make some changes in its legal team, particularly in the apex court.