Srinagar: Advocate General of Jammu and Kashmir Reyaz Ahmad Jan resigned from his post on Tuesday, saying authority, dignity and grace of the office cannot be compromised.
The state government immediately appointed Advocate Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie as the new Advocate General.Senior Advocate Reyaz Ahmad Jan had taken over three months earlier when the new PDP-BJP government came to power.
In a statement to a local daily, Ahmad Jan said: “Authority, dignity and grace are the three components of the office of Advocate General. And none of these can be compromised.". He did not elaborate.
Jan, who assumed the charge as AG on March 15 this year after the State Cabinet approved his name, said: “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.”
When asked if he was forced to compromise on specific issues, Jan said: “My book is open to everyone and I had accepted the assignment keeping in mind some objectives and purpose. But things were not in sync with each other.”
The new Advocate General immediately assumed office on Tuesday.
The Government also ordered appointment of seven new Additional Advocates General, eight Deputy Advocates General and eight Government Advocates.
The newly appointed Additional Advocates General include Shabir Ahmad Naik, Nisar Hussain Shah, Nazir Ahmad Baba, Riyaz Hussain, Purshutom Chander Sharma, Ehsan Mirza and Zainab Shamas Watali. The Deputy Advocates General include Irfan Andleeb, Rajeshwar Singh Durswal, Raman Sharma, Khalid Hameed, Faraz Iqbal, Shah Aamir, Qazi Raashid Shamas and Maajid Ganai.
The new Government Advocates include SanjeevPadah, Shivangi Kant, Daanish Mufti, AarifLatiefChoudhary, Muhammad NadeemBhat, OwaisGilani, Sameer Ahmad Dar and SajadMohiuddin.
The Government also ordered a massive hike in the remuneration for the Advocate General and the -Government Advocates to ensure effective disposal of government cases.