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SBA demands Advocate General from state


SHILLONG:  A delegation of the Shillong Bar Association (SBA) on Tuesday met the Home Minister, James Sangma and urged him to appoint the new advocate general from the State itself.

The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the Minister saying an advocate general should not be from outside the state and an advocate general from the state itself would have a better understanding and be in a better position to advise the Government on all matters.

The memorandum submitted by the Secretary of the Shillong Bar Association, Kishore Ch Gautam lamented that the previous Government while making the appointment for the post of Advocate General chose to look over the members of the Shillong Bar Association   and preferred to appoint an advocate who was neither a domicile from Meghalaya nor a regular practitioner in the courts of the state.

“Though appointment of Advocate General is the prerogative of the Government, such appointments from outside the state does hurt the sentiment of the members of the Shillong Bar Association   and the legal fraternity based within the state and we have no dearth of competent legal professionals who can competently advise the Government on all matters,” the   petition said.

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