K. K. Venugopal Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Caste: Nambiar
Age: 89 Years
Relationship Status: Married

K. K. Venugopal

Full NameKottayan Katankot Venugopal
ProfessionIndian constitutional lawyer and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India
Famous ForFor being the 15th Attorney General of India (30 June 2017 - 1 July 2021)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Honours• Padma Bhushan in 2002, the third-highest civilian honor
• Padma Vibhushan in 2015, the second-highest civilian honor
Personal Life
Date of Birth6 September 1931 (Sunday)
Age (as in 2020) 89 Years
BirthplaceKanhangad, Kasaragod district, Madras Presidency, British India
HometownMangalore, Karnataka
College/University• Madras Christian College, Chennai
• Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum
• St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
Educational Qualification(s)• B.Sc. in Physics from Madras Christian College, Chennai
• Law from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum
CasteNambiar (Hindu Ambalavasi caste) [1]Financial Express
HobbiesHe loves collecting antiquarian books
Controversies• In the Rafale documents case, K. K. Venugopal represented the Narendra Modi government and informed the Supreme Court that the government was planning to take "criminal action" under the Official Secrets Act against few unnamed persons who tampered with the Rafale documents. [2]The Print
• K. K. Venugopal ended up in the limelight again when he asked senior advocate Anand Grover to address senior advocate Indira Jaising as his "wife" and not "Ms. Jaising" in the Supreme Court. [3]ThePrint
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
WifeShantha Konath Venugopal
ChildrenSon- Krishnan Venugopal (senior advocate, Supreme Court) [4]NDTV
Krishnan Venugopal
Kannan Venugopal

Daughter-Lakshmi Venugopal
ParentsFather- M. K. Nambiar (Barrister)
K. K. Venugopal's father, M. K. Nambiar
Mother- Kalyani Nambiar
Kalyani Nambiar
SiblingsBrother(s)- Shiva Shanker Nambiar
Shiva Shanker Nambiar

Ramkumaran Nambiar

Sister- Nalini Vasudevan (died on 4 January 2013)
Nalini Vasudevan
Money Factor
Salary (as the Attorney General of India)• Suits, write petitions, appeals, and references under article 143: Rs. 16,000/- per case per day
• Special leave petitions and other applications: Rs. 10,000/- per case per day
• Settling pleadings (including affidavits): Rs. 5,000/- per pleading
• Settling Statement of Case: Rs. 6,000/- per case
• For giving opinions in statements of cases sent by the Ministry of Law: Rs. 10,000/- per case
• For written submission before the Supreme Court, High Court, and Commissions of Inquiry or Tribunals and the like: Rs. 10,000/- per case
• Appearance in Courts outside Delhi: Rs. 40,000/- per day per case

Note: The above-mentioned salaries are in reference to the year 2008. [5]LawMinistry

K. K. Venugopal


Some Lesser Known Facts About K. K. Venugopal

  • K. K. Venugopal was born on 6 September 1931 (Sunday) when the country was still ruled by the British. Venugopal is a renowned Indian constitutional lawyer and a senior advocate in the Supreme Court of India. On 30 June 2017, Mr. Venugopal was appointed as the 15th Attorney General of India, after Mukul Rohatgi stepped down as the Attorney General of India.
  • Venugopal was born in a Nambiar (Hindu Ambalavasi caste) family, and his father, M. K. Nambiar, was a barrister. His mother’s name is Kalyani Nambiar. Venugopal and his family moved to Mangalore where he spent his childhood and did his primary education before he moved to Chennai for higher education.
  • After his schooling, Venugopal attended Madras Christian College in Chennai where he pursued B.Sc. in Physics. His father was a barrister in Madras High Court. This sparked an interest in him to pursue law as a career from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum, and he started his career as a lawyer in Mysore in 1954.
  • Soon after this, he started working under his father in the Madras High Court, and he went on to have over five decades of legal experience. In 1972, he moved to Delhi where he was appointed as a senior advocate and handled several important cases.
  • Over the years, Venugopal has appeared for many high-profile cases like the Babri Masjid demolition case where he represented the BJP leaders, L K Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He was appointed the president of the Union Internationale des Avocats (International Association of Lawyers) where he served from 1996 to 1997.
  • Another highlight of his career is that he was appointed by the Royal Government of Bhutan to help them draft the Constitution of Bhutan.

K.K Venugopal on the Sabarimala Dispute

Attorney General of India, K.K Venugopal on the Sabarimala Dispute. To view the complete video, log on to

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  • On 29 June 2020, the Ministry of Law and Justice released a statement that read-

    the President has re-elected K. K. Venugopal, Senior Advocate as the Attorney General for India for a period of one year starting 1st July 2020.”

    K. K. Venugopal in his chamber

    K. K. Venugopal in his chamber