Haryana government mulling policy for appointment of law officers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 21:39 IST

The Haryana government has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it is mulling a policy for the appointment of law officers in the advocate general's (AG's) office at the high court.

During the resumed hearing on Tuesday, the state government sought more time from the court to file a reply. The government accepted that as of now, there was no policy in place for such appointments. However, the government is mulling such a policy, lawyer-petitioner Pardeep Kumar Rapria said.

Rapria had moved the high court, challenging the appointment of law officers by the Manohar Lal Khattar government at its advocate general's office in the high court.

Rapria has alleged that several lawyers who had not even practised before the district courts had been appointed in the AG's office. He had submitted that the rate of conviction in criminal cases had gone down as government matters went undefended.

He had also referred to the recent report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in which certain adverse remarks over functioning of the administration of the justice department (advocate general) had been made.

The Khattar government has so far appointed more than 100 law officers at its AG office after coming to power in October last year. The previous Congress government in the state had more than 200 law officers in the AG's office.

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