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Bengal advocate general Kishore Datta resigns weeks after TMC govt’s legal setbacks

Datta sent his resignation letter to Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Law Minister Moloy Ghatak and Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi. After Dhankhar accepted the resignation, the state government appointed Soumendranath Mukherjee the new AG.

Kishore Datta cited personal reasons.

WEST BENGAL’S Advocate General (AG) Kishore Datta stepped down from his post on Tuesday citing “personal reasons”, but a government source claimed that the resignation was linked to the state administration’s recent losses in several cases, including the post-poll violence case, in the Calcutta High Court.

Datta sent his resignation letter to Governor Jagdeep Dhankar, Law Minister Moloy Ghatak and Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi. After Dhankhar accepted the resignation, the state government appointed Soumendranath Mukherjee the new AG.

In his resignation letter, Datta wrote, “I do hereby tender resignation as the Advocate General for the state of West Bengal, with immediate effect, owing to personal reason. Please accept the same. It was a wonderful experience working for the state of West Bengal.”

A government source, however, said, “Recently, the government lost many cases in the Calcutta High Court, including the post-poll violence case. Top leaders of the ruling party were annoyed with that.”

Having accepted Datta’s resignation, Dhankhar tweeted, “In terms of Article 165 of the Constitution have accepted with immediate effect resignation submitted by Shri Kishore Datta, Senior Advocate, as Advocate General of State of West Bengal @MamataOfficial with immediate effect.”

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Datta, who took charge in February 2017, is the fourth advocate general to have resigned since the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC came to power in 2011. Anindya Mitra was the first advocate general to take charge after the TMC came to power. He was followed by Bimal Chatterjee and Jayanta Mitra.

First published on: 14-09-2021 at 02:33:31 pm
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