At present, there are 123 government advocates including the advocate general post

Agartala: The state government is planning to change the process of recruitment of government advocates in all courts across the state by adopting cadre-based services, sources close to government informed EastMojo.

The government is planning to introduce cadre-based service for the appointment of government advocates in state.

At present, there are 123 government advocates, including the advocate general, under the law department. The government is planning to appoint advocates on a permanent basis like the government employees.

“The government in the year 2018-19 spent over Rs 2.94 crore and in the year 2019-20, the government spent over Rs 2.98 crore for payment of salary and allowances of all the advocates,” sources said.

It is believed that the decision to appoint advocates through cadre-based services came following a recent case of irregularities in appointing the additional public prosecutor (APP) in Gomati district court, which was later challenged in the high court by the merit list toppers in 2018, sources said.

Speaking with EastMojo, advocate general, Arun Kanti Bhowmik, said that the state government has filed a special leave petition (SLP) last week in the Supreme Court and it is expected to be listed by the end of this week.

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