BP Todi’s name doing the rounds

Kynjing successor appointment to take some time

SHILLONG: The uncertainty over the appointment of new Advocate General continued on Wednesday as Governor V. Shanmuganathan is yet to accept the resignation of K S Kynjing.
Deputy Chief Minister in-charge law Rowell Lyngdoh told reporters on Wednesday that since the Governor is out of station and will arrive on December 11, the resignation of Kynjing was yet to be accepted though the resignation letter was forwarded to the Governor for his approval.
Though Lyngdoh did not make it clear whose name the government had recommended to the Governor to be the next Advocate General, sources said that Additional Advocate General B P Todi is all set succeed Kynjing.
Todi’s name has been forwarded to the Governor for approval, sources said.
To a question on the reason which compelled the government to put pressure on the Advocate General to quit the post, Lyngdoh said that issue of Advocate General not representing the cases of state government properly was discussed in the cabinet on Friday.
He also pointed out that in the Assembly, the state government was cornered by the Opposition over the Advocate General not representing the state government properly and there was also criticism from the High Court.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the government had faced flak and officers were scolded by the Court due to the lacunae in the handling of the cases by the Advocate General
“We have not asked him to resign, but he understood the pressure and hence decided to resign”, Lyngdoh said.

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