SRINAGAR:Three months after his appointment as Advocate-General of Jammu & Kashmir by the PDP-BJP Government, Reyaz Ahmad Jan has resigned from the post alleging political interference.
Jan, who took over as Advocate-General on March 15, further, said, “There are many issues on which the A-G should be taken into confidence and these cannot be insisted upon every time. There is a limit to patience and when that limit exceeds, you only have the option to quit, in order, not to compromise on your principles.”
“I resigned after continuous interference in my functioning by the government. The dignity of my office was being compromised,” said Jan, who submitted his resignation on Monday.
Sources said the government had appointed legal officials without keeping Jan in the loop. “I have my outlook and perspective on things. Some people brook the interference in job and some do not. Besides, there were many other issues and finally I found myself being pushed to the wall and I decided to quit,” he said.
The government has appointed Jehangir Iqbal Ganai as Jan’s successor. The 41-year-old is the youngest to hold the post in the state.
Ganai recently represented J&K Cricket Association president and National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah in a case pertaining to the misappropriation of funds in the association.
The government also ordered a massive hike in the remuneration for the A-G, from Rs 21,000 to Rs 80,000 per month. Besides, he shall be provided with furnished accommodation in both the winter and summer capitals of the state.