- Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu is learnt to have been pushing for his appointment.
- Patwalia appointment comes days after the resignation of senior advocate A P S Deol
- Sidhu had even stepped down as the Punjab Congress chief over the appointments of Deol
The Punjab government on Friday appointed senior advocate Deepinder Singh Patwalia as the new Advocate General for the state. Patwalia is said to be close to state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and is his pick for the top post, sources said.
"The Governor of Punjab in exercise of power conferred under Article 165 of the Constitution of India is pleased to appoint Deepinder Singh Patwalia, senior advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, as advocate general for the state of Punjab with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office," according to an official order.
APS Deol had resigned as A-G after a much-long tussle with state Sidhu who had been pushing in for his exit. Deol, had represented former Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini in cases related to the 2015 desecration incidents and police firing on protesters. Sidhu had even stepped down as the Punjab Congress chief over the appointments of Deol and Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota as the director general of police.
Later, Sidhu withdrew his resignation but put a precondition that he would resume the charge the day a new advocate general was appointed and a panel for the appointment of a new director general of police came from the UPSC.
On November 9, Channi had announced that the resignation of Deol had been accepted and a new AG would be appointed. On November 16, Sidhu resumed the charge at the party's state office.