Senior advocate D C Raina has once again emerged as a front-runner for the choice of J&K's advocate general (AG).
Raina, who was also appointed as AG during Governor's rule in the state in 2008 and 2016, is likely to be appointed as the state's top law officer. "Discussions have taken place over the appointment of AG in the past two weeks. It has been almost decided to appoint Raina as AG," a source privy to the discussions told Greater Kashmir. The source disclosed that Raina's appointment is likely to be finalized on Saturday.
In his previous tenures as AG, Raina represented the state in different cases including the Article 370, NEET and NIT students row in the High Court and the Supreme Court.
The position of AG had become vacant after Jehangir Iqbal Ganie , who was appointed by the previous PDP-BJP government, was asked to resign by the authorities following imposition of Governer's rule in the state.
Apart from AG, more than 40 legal counsels representing the state in the High Court had also submitted their resignation to the Governor.
The state was placed under Governor's rule on June 20 after BJP, in a dramatic move, withdrew support to Mehbooba Mufti-led government and snapped three- and-a- half-year alliance with her party.