The Haryana government has not extended the contractual engagement of three of its Deputy Advocates General working in the Advocate General office since December 5 last year.
The three are Vikram Khattar from Rohtak, Kuldeep Sharma and Jasbir Rathi from Panipat. However, Haryana’s administration of justice department has granted extension in contractual engagement to other 14 Additional Advocates General, 10 Deputy Advocates General and 12 Assistant Advocates General appointed on December 5 last year. Their initial contract was for one year but now they have been granted extension till further orders.
In addition, the Haryana government has also granted extension in contract till further orders to 10 Additional Advocates General, 3 Deputy Advocates General and one Assistant Advocates General appointed last year on December 4 and 8.
Asked about the reasons for not granting extension to three law officers, Haryana Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan said, “they have given resignations to me. We have extended he tenure of other law officers.”
At present, there are 149 law officers in the Haryana Advocate General office in Chandigarh. Also, appointment of all these law officers has been challenged before the Supreme Court on the ground that it was made on “pick and choose basis” and no criteria has been laid down for transparent selection of law officers.
The Haryana government had admitted in the Supreme Court, “The engagement of law officers are not governed by any rules and regulations,” and added that engagement of the law officers is primarily on the basis of recommendations of the Advocate General. The Supreme Court has reserved its judgment in the case.