Govt shows door to public prosecutors engaged in PDP-BJP rule

The Governor’s administration on Wednesday fired all the 44 public prosecutors and assistant public prosecutors engaged in the three-and-a-half-year rule of the PDP-BJP government.

An order issued by the Law Secretary said the government, exercising powers conferred by Criminal Procedure Code and Jammu & Kashmir Law Officers (appointment and conditions of service) Rules 2016, terminates the services of all the public prosecutors/assistant public prosecutors working in various courts across the state with immediate effect.

The PPs and APPs defend the state government in criminal cases in sessions and additional sessions courts.

Their termination comes almost a year after the collapse of the Mehbooba Mufti-led government following withdrawal of support by BJP to it.

A senior official, wishing anonymity, told Greater Kashmir that this exercise is part of government’s efforts to cleanse the administration from political appointees.

“Most of them were appointed on recommendations of ministers, MLAs, MLCs and political functionaries,” he claimed.

Immediately after terminating their engagement, the government has constituted a high-level committee for making recommendations for selection of new public prosecutors.

The committee has been asked to complete the exercise within 15 days.   

Immediately after the PDP-BJP government’s alliance for power-sharing in the state came to an end, the advocate general and other top law officers were asked to put in their papers.

Apart from them, 27 political appointees engaged in various boards and corporations by the previous PDP-BJP government had also resigned.