In the major shake up in litigation and prosecutions layers of J&K Government, expected next week, Sr Additional Advocate (AAG) in Jammu, Satish Chander Gupta, and AAG, Abdul Hamid Qazi, are being dropped despite their impressive track record. Mr Gupta has stopped appearing on behalf of State in J&K High Court. Mr Qazi has been asked to resign or else be prepared for getting clubbed among the non-performers lot. AAG Jagdish Parihar, and Govt Advocate Deepika Mahajan, according to sources, are being dropped for 'non-performance'.
AAG Gagan Basotra, known for his high political clout, is being elevated to the position of Sr AAG in place of Mr Gupta in Jammu. Prominent advocates, Inderjit Gupta, and Seema Shekhar (who has previously functioned as Govt Advocate and AAG in Jammu for 17 years out of 25 years of her career as lawyer) are likely to be inducted as AAGs.
In Srinagar, Tassaduq Hussain Khwaja, who is currently on panel of Advoate General, is likely to be appointed as AAG. However, two government attorneys are being sacked on complaints of corruption. Advocate Nisar Shah is likely to be appointed as a Govt Advocate for pleading PSC cases (currently with Sr AAG Ali Mohammad Magray and AAG Azharul Amin) in J&K High Court. In Jammu, PSC counsel Mr D C Raina (Sr Advocate and former AG) will continue even as his junior, Farooq Natnu, is being considered for appointment as a junior counsel with PSC.