SRINAGAR: The State Government Monday shifted Additional Advocate General Vishal Sharma from Home department to less sensitive department of education for failing to defend government in court.
Sharma has been replaced by advocate Wasim Nargal.
Nargal will be defending government in the court in cases related to Home and Revenue departments, said government sources.
Sources said that Law Department has taken strong note of AAG Vishal Sharmas total failure in defending governments position in the High Court during the hearing on a petition seeking ban on sale and consumption of beef in the state.
The court ruled in petitioners favour and ordered complete ban on sale and consumption of beef in the state. Interestingly, the petitioner advocate Parimoksh Seth holds deputy advocate generals post in states law department. The ban has attracted strong protests in Valley with people terming the decree as a direct interference in their religious affairs and culinary practices.
He (Sharma) could not defend the case. He also didnt inform the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir on time about courts direction regarding the case. He has not even informed his seniors about the case, said government sources, adding that had he informed the government at right time may the case have been handled differently.
Sources further said that it was because of AAG Sharmas incapability or unwillingness to show promptness in informing government at the right time that he was shifted from home department to less sensitive education department.
AAG Vishal Sharma is son of Vishva Hindu Parishds state president advocate Leela Karan Sharma, who led the two-month agitation over Amarnath land row as the Convenor of Amarnath Yatra Sangarh Samiti in 2008.
Meanwhile, advocate Parimoksh Seth, who is DDG in law department, has not withdrawn his name from the petition which led court order ban on beef sale and consumption in the state. Sources said that Advocate Seth was to withdraw his name from the petition today but he has informed law department that he will follow BJP high commands orders in this regard.
BJP’s in-charge for Jammu and Kashmir, Avinash Rai Khanna, meanwhile held a detailed meeting with party functionaries and ministers in Jammu to discuss the issue regarding court order on beef ban. (KNS)
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