Published on: 21 August 2023 at 17:00 IST
The Uttarakhand government’s recent decision to disengage various law officers serving in the High Court has taken these legal professionals by surprise. This disengagement effectively relieves them from their responsibilities as representatives of the state in court proceedings.
As conveyed through an official communication, the government has clarified that these law officers were initially engaged to represent and advocate on behalf of the state. However, the government retains the prerogative to terminate this engagement without prior notice.
This unexpected termination has prompted inquiries into the rationale behind this move and its potential implications for ongoing and future court cases.
The group of affected law officers encompasses positions such as the Additional Advocate General, Deputy Advocate General, Additional Chief Permanent Advocate, Standing Counsel, Assistant Government Advocate, and brief holders.
While the government has not provided explicit grounds for this action, speculations have arisen suggesting that this decision could stem from internal reorganization or a shift in the government’s legal strategy.
Law officers play an essential role in upholding justice and safeguarding the state’s interests during court proceedings. Their absence could potentially impede the advancement of pending cases and lead to protracted legal proceedings.