Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association has come out in unequivocal support of Atul Nanda, strongly and collectively condemning Partap Singh Bajwa’s open letter asking the Chief Minister to ‘immediately sack’ the Advocate General.
In a resolution passed here on Saturday, the Association said while it was not concerned with political issues but the Office of the AG was not only a legal officer under the Constitution of India, but also the AG and the office of Advocate General, Punjab, comprises almost 200 lawyers, also forming a part of the Bar.
“Bald allegations of such of such nature attacking the legal institution of the Advocate General is unfortunate and also unnecessarily and unfairly tarnishes the reputation of our fellow lawyers who form part of the said office,” said the Bar members in the resolution.
The resolution noted that Bajwa’s open letter, dated 17th January 2020, had been circulating in public domain, including WhatsApp groups, amongst Hon’ble Judges, Senior advocates, and fellow lawyers since yesterday morning. It also formed part of several media reports in the Press, it further noted, trashing the Rajya Sabha MP’s letter calling upon Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to “appoint a competent person” in Nanda’s place.
The Bar hoped that “such conduct will not repeat itself in the future which demeans the institution of the Advocate General, Punjab, and tarnishes the professional reputation of lawyers.”