Law minister seeks performance report of govt counsels

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JAMMU: Minister for Horticulture, Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs Basharat Bukhari has sought performance report of the all the law officers representing the state government departments in the Jammu and Srinagar wings of the High Court.
“I am directed to request you to furnish to the Secretary to the Government, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs before 15 May 2018, the performance report of Law Officers of Jammu/Srinagar wing of the High Court with respect to the conduct of the Court enabling the Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to review the functioning of the Law officers of both the wings of the High Court,” said a communication issued by the Law Department to the Financial Commissioners/Principal Secretaries/Commissioner Secretaries/Secretaries to the Government and Heads of Departments.
The law department had in February this year issued a stern warning to government counsels against playing truant with their professional responsibilities.
“Hon’ble High Court of Jammu and Kashmir vide order dated 27/12/2017 and 28.12.2017 passed in SWP No. 1959/2015 has observed that Sr.AAGs/AAGs/Dy.AGs/ Government Advocates are not filling the ‘Memo of Appearance’ and are seeking unnecessary adjournment in the matters,” the Department had said in an order.
“In order to overcome this practice of non appearance and seeking of unnecessary adjournments all that Sr.AAGs/AAGs/Dy.AGs/ Government advocates are impressed upon to ensure their appearance in the cases that are assigned to them, falling which the matter will be seriously viewed by the Law Department including forfeiting/ cancellation of their appointments” it said.