By A Newsman
Kolkata, 07 February: BENGAL’s advocate general Jayanta Mitra has tendered resignation over differences with the state government.
This is the third instance of state’s advocate general stepping down pre-term during Tinamool rule.
After coming to power in 2011, Mamata Banerjee led government had appointed Anindya Mitra as advocate general. But he put in his papers in February 2013 over differences with the government. State government appointed Bimal Chatterjee in his place, but he too quit in December 2014 citing “health issues.”
It was then that the government picked up Jayanta Mitra for the post. But just on completing two years in the post, Mitra today suddenly announced his resignation taking everyone by surprise. Sources said that his resignation has already been forwarded to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi.
Asked why he resigned, Mitra said on record: “Differences of opinion with the government were cropping up in several cases. I don’t want this to aggravate further and hence though wise to step down.”
Sources close to him said that Mitra was particularly unhappy over the state government overruling him in the conduct of Narada Sting Video case wherein several senior Trinamool leaders were captured talking bribe.
This apart, Trinamool MP and lawyer Kalyan Banerjee had bypassed him in several occasions and got junior advocates to take a certain position in litigations contrary to his opinion. But since Mitra was the advocate general, he was later compelled to deal with the cases.
Meanwhile, his deputy, additional advocate general Lakshmi Gupta, too said that he was contemplating resignation. “We worked as a team. Since he (Mitra) has quit, I am also considering stepping down but would take a final call on this tomorrow.”
Sources, however, informed that Gupta was aggrieved with his junior Kishore Dutta’s name surfacing as the new advocate general of the state. If that happens, it would be humiliating for Gupta to continue as additional advocate general.