J-K's advocate general quits after 3 months in office

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2015 23:18 IST

Barely three months after his appointment by the BJP-PDP government, Jammu and Kashmir’s Advocate General Reyaz Ahmad Jan has resigned, saying the “dignity of his office was being compromised”.

The senior advocate quit on Tuesday, forcing the government to order the appointment of advocate Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie as the new advocate general of the state.

Jan told Hindustan Times: “The position is a constitutional authority and has a dignity and grace. I don't think any one of these can be compromised”.

Though Jan said he did not want to make public the issues behind his decision, he indicated the trouble began when he was not taken into confidence about the selection of his team.

“After the advocate general is chosen, you have to take his opinion while choosing his team. It’s not that I should have appointed my team but I should have at least been taken into confidence,'' he said.

“While this was the beginning, many other things kept happening which cannot be revealed in public. I eventually realised there is no meeting point,” he added.

“There are many issues on which the AG should be taken into confidence and these cannot be imposed upon every time. There is a limit to patience and when that limit exceeds, you have the only option to quit and not to compromise on your principles,” Jan was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

Jan had assumed office on March 15 after the state cabinet approved his name.

Ganaie took charge on Tuesday, becoming the state’s youngest advocate general.

The government also ordered the appointment of seven new additional advocates general, eight deputy advocates general and eight government advocates.

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