Hry: Hectic lobbying on for judicial officers’ postings
Sources at the AG office told Hindustan Times that thousands of lawyers not only from the state but also from outside Haryana as well are lined up to secure appointments and are using different quarters to reach newly-appointed AG BR Mahajan and top shots in the Manohar Lal Khattar government.chandigarh Updated: Dec 03, 2014 19:37 IST
Hectic lobbying is on to get ‘plum’ postings of law officers at the advocate general (AG) office at the Punjab and Haryana high court with the recent change of guard in Haryana.
Sources at the AG office told Hindustan Times that thousands of lawyers not only from the state but also from outside Haryana as well are lined up to secure appointments and are using different quarters to reach newly-appointed AG BR Mahajan and top shots in the Manohar Lal Khattar government.
The previous government had 200 law officers and it had often come under fire for keeping such a large number of officers.
According to official sources, the state incurs a monthly expenditure of around Rs 90,000 each on the senior additional AGs, Rs 85,000 each on additional AGs, Rs 1 lakh each on deputy AGs, Rs 1 lakh each on senior deputy AGs, and Rs 70,235 each on assistant AGs.
The newly-appointed AG has indicated that the list would be curtailed but to what extent he and the Khattar government will be successful remains to be seen.
“The list will not be as long as it was there during the previous regime. We will ensure that those who are good officers are retained and fresh talent is roped in,” newly-appointed AG BR Mahajan told Hindustan Times.
Out of 200 law officers working during previous regime, 80 are working now and most others have left when the new government took over the reins.
Sources said not only the list of law officers at the Punjab and Haryana high court is to be curtailed but there will be fewer officers who are appointed at Delhi, this time.
So far, the government has appointed 10 law officers, out of which at least three are from Punjab.
The government not only faces challenge of absorbing most law officers from the state now, but also pressure from other quarters like Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and Adhivakta Parishad, an offshoot of RSS, to which the new AG also belonged to.
Sources say as the BJP government has come to power for the first time in the state, a large number of old associates of the party from the legal fraternity are trying their luck to get on board.
Mahajan claimed that the government was about to announce the names anytime now. But sources said it was facing problem in scrutinising the officers due to long list of applicants and pressure to appoint them not only from within the state but in some cases from the central leadership as well.