Instructions to the office of Advocate General, Haryana to defend the case at public expense issued.
Chandigarh, Sept 26 – Haryana Government has instructed all Heads of Departments that while communicating instructions to the office of Advocate General, Haryana to defend the case at public expense, complete paper book of the case including photocopy of writ petition with complete annexures and letters issued to the Advocate General for defence of cases, on behalf of the State, would be supplied to his office. This would help in ensuring effective representation and avoid inconvenience to the courts.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said that in case of non availability of complete paper book with them, the department concerned might be directed to provide the same to the office of Advocate General.
He said that it had been brought to the notice of the State Government that after the notice was issued by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to Government Departments, the department concerned usually sent a letter containing four-five lines to the office of Advocate General, one or two days prior to the fixed date. Due to such practice on the part of the authorities, the Law Officers were not in a position to get the copy of such petition. In the absence of copies of petitions, it was not even known by the Law Officers as to what the dispute was and what relief had been sought or granted in the case. Resultantly, the Law Officers were not in a position to properly assist the Courts and Benches feel annoyed for such lapses on the part of different departments and sometimes adverse orders were passed by the courts, he added.
The spokesman said that a written communication in this regard has been sent to all Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments and Divisional Commissioners in the State. All concerned have been asked to ensure strict compliance of these instructions and any violation in this regard would be viewed seriously, he added.