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Home / India News / J-K govt terminates state lawyer for ‘lackadaisical approach’ to pending sensitive cases

J-K govt terminates state lawyer for ‘lackadaisical approach’ to pending sensitive cases

The law minister terminated the services of additional advocate general MA Beigh after the Jammu and Kashmir high court pulled up the state for its “inattentive and indolent” attitude.

india Updated: May 03, 2018 16:59 IST
Press Trust of India, Jammu
The AAG’s conduct was questioned after he failed to file objections to a bail application of an accused in an alleged rape of a nine-year-old in central Kashmir’s Budgam.
The AAG’s conduct was questioned after he failed to file objections to a bail application of an accused in an alleged rape of a nine-year-old in central Kashmir’s Budgam.(Reuters File Photo)

Taking cognizance of “lackadaisical approach” towards sensitive cases pending in Jammu and Kashmir high court, the PDP-BJP government has terminated the services of additional advocate general (AAG) MA Beigh, an official spokesman said in Jammu on Thursday.

Taking cognizance of the strictures passed against the state government by the court for failing to file the objections to the bail application of accused of alleged kidnapping and raping of a nine-year-old girl in Budgam, law minister Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari has ordered termination of services of the Beigh.

The Court has given a number of opportunities to the AAG to file the objections to the bail application filed by the accused in a case titled Mohammad Shafi Sheikh versus State of Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman said.

On the state failing to file the objections to the bail application, Justice MK Hanjura in his judgment on April 24 termed the attitude of the state as “lackadaisical, inattentive, and indolent”.

“A battery of lawyers has been engaged by the state to conduct and handle the matters in which the state is a party but one gets dismayed to see that even in cases involving horrifying and serious crimes the approach of the state is abject, dismal and desolate,” the judge said.

The minister has issued strict instructions to law officers to ensure that no case against the state government goes uncontested. He also enjoined upon them to process the serious and sensitive cases in a total responsible and speedy manner so that justice is ensured to everyone, the spokesman said.

“The case being very sensitive and the offences having been committed against the minor girl cannot be ignored, asserted the Minister, saying that keeping in view of the totality of circumstances, the services of Beigh as Additional Advocate General have been terminated with immediate effect,” the spokesman said.