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Riyaz Jan resigns, J&K government appoints Jehangir Iqbal as the new AG

After the sudden resignation of Advocate General Riyaz Jan, Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie has been appointed as the new Advocate General by the state government. Also, a major hike has been introduced in the remuneration of the government lawyers, including the Advocate General. However, a strict evaluation will be followed regularly and those who fail to deliver would be shown the exit.

In context of his sudden resignation, Riyaz Jan told media sources that the independence and the dignity of the Advocate General’s office was being undermined and compromised. While submitting his resignation to the Law Department yesterday, he said that he had approached the government for my appointment as the Advocate General and was offered job on the basis of merit. He expressed that the dignity and independence of the AG’s office was being compromised regularly and that is the reason behind tendering the resignation.

As per highly placed sources, the government was unhappy with the working of the Advocate General and his team as the government lawyers would seek adjournment of the cases involving policy decisions. Also, Jan was unhappy with the intrusive style of working of the Law Minister Basharat Bukhari and for some time for a due period of time, the relations between the government and the AG’s office were not that smooth, which further triggered Jan’s resignation.

While accepting the resignation, J&K government said that it ordered the appointment of advocate Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie as the new Advocate General of the state. Law Minister Basharat Bukhari in a statement said that the performance of the government advocates would be regularly evaluated and those who fail to deliver will be shown the door. The government in its notification issued through the Law Department said that in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 42 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir and in supersession of the notification SRO-86 of March 15, 2015, the Governor is pleased to appoint Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie as the new Advocate General of the state .

Several Additional Advocates General, eight government advocates were also appointed today. Iqbal is the youngest Advocate General in the history of state. After his schooling from Sainik school, Nagrota in Jammu, he studied law from Delhi University.


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