SRINAGAR: In an unprecedented move, most of the law officers on Wednesday took oath to continue as long as Peoples Democratic Party continues in coalition with BJP in the state and resign as soon as its government falls.
Sources said that the ‘ceremony’ took place at the Advocate General’s office at around 1:45 p.m. and barring a deputy advocate general, all pledged to continue allegiance with the PDP.
“They vowed to live with PDP and die with the PDP,” sources said. However, Additional Advocate General Bashir Ahmad Dar, who, according to the sources, acted as convener of the ‘ceremony’, sought to downplay it.
“There was no oath ceremony. Law officers are political appointees but it was informal and taken in light of what happened during Governor’s Rule after demise of Mufti sahib (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed). They are all those appointed by the PDP,” he said.
Asked as to why a deputy advocate general was not part of the informal meeting, Dar said: “He is sponsored by somebody else (alluding to BJP which a coalition partner in present government).”
During late Mufti’s time, he said, some law officers including additional advocate generals, deputy advocate generals and government advocates resigned and there were people who were asked to continue.
Asked about reports that it was decided that “you will live with PDP and die with it,” he said, “in case (PDP) is not there, we will not be there either.”
“National conference too has a legal cell and they appointed law officer. But in today’s meeting, the basic purpose was that those people who continued in terms of the governor’s order and it was in that context. Earlier we resigned because we were there because of some political party and there were people who continued despite appointed by the PDP and there are some who are still continuing in terms of the governor’s order,” he added.