Rameeza resigns as Additional AG, Capt turns it down - ECAS Punjab

Rameeza resigns as Additional AG, Capt turns it down

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Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 2

The Punjab Advocate-General's office today virtually plunged into crisis of sorts, with Additional Advocate-General Rameeza Hakeem resigning from the post she had held for more than three years. Wife of Advocate-General Atul Nanda, she was defending the state in many sensitive cases before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

However, her resignation failed to find favour with the Chief Minister. His media adviser Raveen Thukral in the evening urged "all to stop speculating" on her resignation. He said Punjab Chief Secretary had received her resignation late last night, but he had been asked by CM Capt Amarinder Singh to "reject the same as government cannot let go of an advocate of such exceptional calibre and competence."

Among the senior-most law officers, Hakeem was said to be actively involved in the functioning of the AG office. Her resignation was second in quick succession. About a fortnight back, former bureaucrat Suresh Kumar had announced his decision to quit the government by resigning from the post of Chief Principal Secretary.

Kumar was said to be upset with the government for not strongly defending his appointment, which was challenged before the High Court. As of now, there is nothing to substantiate the speculation about his displeasure and sources close to Kumar have straightway rubbished any speculation in this regard.

The State Legal Department, too, clarified that the delay during the hearing of the matter was not deliberate and most of the adjournments were taken by the petitioner and not by the state. Kumar's resignation, too, was rejected by the Chief Minister. There is, so far, nothing substantial to suggest a link between the two resignations and their non-acceptance.

Hakeem's resignation soon transformed itself into subject of animated conversations at the Bar and among the sitting judges of the High Court. Nanda, when contacted, refused to comment on the issue. A senior functionary in the AG office said it was a contract between the government and the law officer and the Home Secretary should be talked to about this. The government maintained silence over the issue till late in the evening, when Thukral tweeted about the Chief Minister's decision.

Hakeem at one point of time was considered a strong candidate for designation as senior advocate by the High Court. But an agenda before the Full Court for carrying out of amendments to the criterion for designating advocates as senior was withdrawn and not considered. The amendment would have paved the way for advocates from outside the Punjab and Haryana High Court to be designated seniors.

As a result, Hakeem, with Delhi advocate tag, has so far not been considered.


Among senior-most law officers

  • Among the senior-most law officers, Rameeza Hakeem was said to be actively involved in the functioning of the AG office
  • Her resignation was second in quick succession. About a fortnight back, Suresh Kumar had resigned from the post of Chief Principal Secretary


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