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Assam AG quits, cites ‘outside interference’

“I have put in my papers to the government on three grounds. While there was outside interference on my work, I was not allowed to work with full dignity as the AG’s office required. Moreover, the atmosphere in which I was made to work was not congenial,” Choudhury told The Indian Express.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
Updated: November 18, 2017 7:05:27 am
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Chinmoy Choudhury resigned as Advocate General of the Assam government on Thursday, saying there was “outside interference” in his functioning and that he was not allowed to work with “full dignity”. “I have put in my papers to the government on three grounds. While there was outside interference on my work, I was not allowed to work with full dignity as the AG’s office required. Moreover, the atmosphere in which I was made to work was not congenial,” Choudhury told The Indian Express here on Friday.

Choudhury was appointed as advocate general of the state by the BJP-led government of Sarbananda Sonowal on June 28 last year. Choudhury said there was no point clinging to an office where there was no dignity. “I found that there was no point clinging to a post where there is no dignity. Moreover, many a times I was not aware of various decisions of the government which are supposed to be taken in consultation with the advocate general,” he said.

“Many a time I was not even aware of what was going on in the legal front,” he said. “It is quite natural to feel offended.” When contacted, Shantanu Bharali, Legal Advisor to the Assam Chief Minister, said the government was not aware of any problem that the advocate general had faced in his day-to-day functioning. “The government was not aware of any problem Choudhury had faced in his day-to-day functioning. He had never informed the government of any problem,” Bharali told The Indian Express.

The Assam government, meanwhile, appointed Ramesh Chandra Borpatra-Gohain, currently Dean, Faculty of Law in Gauhati University, as the new advocate general. “The government has accepted Choudhury’s resignation and appointed Borpatra-Gohain in his place,” Bharali said.

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