The Haryana government has dispensed with the services of 31 law officers in its advocate general office in Chandigarh. Some of them had been hired to defend cases in the Punjab and Haryana high court, while others were attached with the Haryana legal cell, New Delhi
As per the notification, issued on June 29 by additional chief secretary Samir Mathur, the officers have been removed with immediate effect. "Their services are no longer required," it reads.
Haryana has nearly 180 law officers posted in Chandigarh and more than 50 in New Delhi. Many were literally without work and were not found performing.
Of the 31 law officers, the five who have been removed from the Haryana legal cell in New Delhi are senior additional advocate general Dr Adish C Aggarwala, additional advocate generals (addl AGs) Johri Mal and Raj Kumar Rathore, senior deputy advocate general (sr DAG) Shivani Pahadia Sharma and deputy advocate general (DAG) Sanjay Kumar Rathee.
Of the 26 law officers removed from the advocate general office, Chandigarh, are addl AGs Jasdeep Singh Toor, Saravjeet Singh Randhawa, Virender Singh Rana, Sushma Chopra, Gurpratap Singh Gill, Rajeev K Takkar, Rajinder Singh Chahar and Indresh Goel. Sr DAGs whose services have been dispensed with are Tarun Aggarwal, Kailash Chandra Gupta and Anil Kumar Rao.
Law officers of the rank of DAG asked to leave include Satbir Singh Gauripuria, Babu Ram Dahiya, Manish Deswal, Manjeet Singh, Deepak Jindal, Jasjit Singh Rattu, Gursreet Kaur, Ram Niwas Behamani, Parduman Yadav and Anil Kumar. Assistant AGs removed include Gurpreet Singh Batra, Dharindra Shukla, Shakti Singh Chauhan, Amandeep Singh and Chetan Sharma.