Mr. Shunmugasundaram has 44 years of experience at the Bar and has been appointed Senior Counsel for 20 years.
Senior Counsel R. Shunmugasundaram took up his post as Attorney General of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. A government decree issued on Saturday said the governor had accepted the government’s proposal to appoint him as the state’s new attorney general.
He is expected to represent the state government before the bench of the first division of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy on Monday at the hearing of a public interest litigation motion, resumed by the court suo motu, to monitor measures taken by the government to combat the second wave of COVID-19.
Mr. Shunmugasundaram has 44 years of experience at the Bar and has been appointed Senior Counsel for 20 years. He is also a former lawmaker who represented the state in Rajya Sabha from 2002-2008 and was state prosecutor from 1996-2001.
After obtaining his law degree and enrolled at the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry Bar in 1977, he joined the law firm of the famous criminal lawyer N. Natarajan and gained experience under his direction until 1980. Subsequently, he was appointed additional attorney general in 1989 and has carried out prosecutions on behalf of the state, the Central Bureau of Investigation and the railways in the Madras High Court.
In 1992 he studied developments in criminal law in Great Britain and attended court work at the Old Bailey Central London Criminal Courts, Croydon Crown Court and the Royal Courts of Justice in London. He also gained work experience at the Crown Prosecution Department in Manchester, studied the investigative procedures adopted there and observed the working system of legal aid and probation proceedings in Great Britain.
He was appointed attorney for the state of Tamil Nadu before Judge MC Jain’s commission of inquiry was established to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The Madras High Court also appointed him as amicus curiae in the London hotel case, against former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, given the public importance and sensitive nature of the case.
He then pursued Rogatory Letters issued by a special court in Chennai and worked with the Serious Fraud Office in London and the Criminal Division of the Attorney General in Canberra, Australia, to collect evidence from the UK, Malaysia and from Australia. During his term as an MP, he was part of the Indian delegation to the United Nations and attended its 59th General Assembly in October 2004.