The Solicitor General for India is the second law officer of the country. The Solicitor General assists the Attorney General, and is himself assisted by four Additional Solicitors General for India.
Unlike the Attorney General, Solicitor General does not give legal advice to the Government of India. His workload is confined to appearing in courts on behalf of the Union of India. The first Solicitor General of independent India was C K Daphtary.
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The president appoints a person who is qualified to be appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court to be Attorney- General for India. To be qualified to be a Supreme Court judge, A person must be a citizen of India and
- He/She has been for at least five years a Judge of as High Court or two or more than two such courts; or
- He/She has been for at least ten years an advocate of a High Court or of two or more than two such courts; or
- He/She is, in the opinion of the President, a distinguished jurist.
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