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Haryana Additional Advocate General quits after report on nepotism


Jyoti Kamal, CNN-IBN
Sep 07, 2013 at 01:00pm IST

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New Delhi: A day after CNN-IBN reviled documents that show nepotism in state of affairs in judiciary, Haryana Additional Advocate General Aditya Singh on Saturday resigned from his post.

In his resignation note addressed to the Law Secretary Haryana, Advocate General Hawa Singh Hooda and the Chairman Bar Council of India, Aditya Singh said, "In order to maintain the majesticity of the institution of judiciary and also for personal reasons, I hereby tender my resignation from the post of additional advocate general Haryana. it was an honour serving the state." Aditya Singh is the son of Justice Alok Singh of Uttarakhand High Court and son-in-law of Justice RK Garg of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

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According to sources other additional and assistant Advocate Generals who are relatives of judges also considering if they should continue as law officers of the state of Haryana.

CNN-IBN had on Friday reported on a list of 30 senior law officers in Punjab and Haryana who were plasticising in their relatives courts. Documents with the channel showed how relatives of judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court are practising in the same courts, and often in the same courtroom.

Prominent lawyers allege that state governments favour judges by approving these appointments. In return, it is alleged, judges go soft on cases involving the state governments.

Relatives concerned on the bench would have every reason to be grateful to the executive for these appointments and obviously whether in the short term or in the long term these are favours to be returned, this is gratitude to be repaid," said Anupam Gupta, who is a senior Advocate in the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

The Haryana government in its defence cites the Supreme Court - that in the absence of guidelines, a state government may appoint legal officers as it chooses. The judges in the Indian courts have often faced allegations of judicial favoritism. In the PF Scam, 34 Judges of the Ghaziabad District Court were allegedly involved in misappropriation of PF fund of class IV employees.

Meanwhile, former judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court Nirmal Yadav is facing trial on charges of taking a bribe of Rs 15 lakh. Yadav was caught when the money meant for her was mistakenly delivered at her colleague's residence.

Similarly, former judge of the Madras High Court Dinakaran is facing allegations of land grab in Tamil Nadu. Same is the fate of Justice Soumitra Sen of the Calcutta High Court who has been found guilty of misappropriating public funds when appointed as Receiver.

A CAG report on Punjab and Haryana High Court have found that the number of law officers have increased from 98 in December 2009 to 179 in 2012.

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