Srinagar: The petitioner Parimoksh Seth – now the state’s Deputy Advocate General – who filed the PIL in the High Court seeking a ban on sale and slaughter of bovine animals has had a long association with the BJP. His father, Onkar Seth is also a BJP leader. But, according to sources, he is not the sole case of state law officers with links to the BJP.
In fact, a majority of senior, additional or deputy advocate generals and law officers, who were appointed by the Law and Parliamentary Affairs department in the J&K High Court’s Jammu wing are either affiliated with the BJP or have links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – the parent Hindutva body of the Sangh Parivar, of which the BJP is the political face — or its allied organisations.
These appointments, say sources, were made in June after the PDP-BJP government took over.
SS Nanda, senior Additional Advocate General is a RSS member and was an advocate before being appointed to the post in the High Court’s Jammu wing. He had been president of the BJP’s legal wing, Adhvakta Parishad.
Among Additional Advocate Generals, Purshottam Chander Sharma was actively associated with the RSS till 1984. An arrest warrant was also issued against him during the Emergency. His brother, Chander Mohan Sharma, is the national co-convenor of the BJP’s Kashmir Cell; Vishal Sharma is the son of Vishwa Hindu Parishad functionary Leela Sharma; Ravinder Gupta was a former BJP corporator in the Jammu Municipal Corporation and Lalit Kumar Moza was the BJP spokesman before being appointed to the post.
Among Deputy Advocate Generals, Ranjit Singh was an active BJP worker and former secretary of the Jammu Bar Association; Karan Singh Charak is considered to be close to the RSS and VHP and Bharat Singh Jamwal is a BJP leader.
Among government advocates, Raman Sharma is the son of a RSS leader while Sudesh Kumar is also associated with the BJP.