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Mukesh Berry resigns as Punjab's AAG, Congress MP Manish Tewari says time for Bar to 'stand up'

  Less than 48 hours after he was appointed additional advocate general of Punjab, advocate Mukesh Chander Berry has resigned from the post. Reacting to the news, Congress MP Manish Tewari wrote on Twitter that it is time for the Bar Associations to 'stand up' and be counted.

Advocate Mukesh Chander Berry has resigned as the additional advocate general (AAG) of Punjab, less than 48 hours after being appointed to the post.
Berry was appointed as AAG on Monday, along with advocates Tarun Vir Singh Lehal and Aadil Singh Boparai. Lehal is the son-in-law of deputy chief minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa.
The Punjab government also appointed Sumeet Mahajan as senior additional advocate general.
In a letter to Principal Secretary Anurag Verma, Mukesh Chander Berry wrote that he has decided to step down from the post "without commenting upon the decision of the Punjab Government" to accept the resignation of APS Deol as the state's Advocate General (AG).
"Having remained elected representative of the Advocates as Member of the Bar Council of Pb. & Hr. (Punjab and Haryana), Chd. (Chandigarh) for 27 years and also the Chairman of the same and in continuous service as Law Officer in the office of Advocate General Punjab for 28 years, I would request the Government not to ridicule and diminish the status and dignity of the Senior Advocates of this High Court," Berry wrote.
The Punjab government had on Tuesday accepted the resignation of advocate general APS Deol. Appointed to the top post by CM Charanjit Singh Channi, Deol's appointment was opposed by state Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu. Moreover, the appointment of Deputy CM Randhawa's son-in-law Tarun Vir Singh Lehal as additional advocate general also triggered an uproar with Opposition leaders accusing the state government of 'nepotism'.
Reacting to Berry's resignation, Congress MP Manish Tewari wrote on Twitter, "Addl Advocate General Mukesh Berry's resignation very eloquently sums up the disgust that a lot of us Lawyers across the country feel at repeated subversion of Constitutional offices by some members of the political class."
"Targeting lawyers based upon clients they represents a new nadir. I do not blame or envy Sardar @CHARANJITCHANNI who is being magnanimous & statesmanlike trying to carry everyone along. However Lawyers are also very important opinion makers in every Tehsil of Punjab.Time for Bar Associations stand up and be counted," Tewari wrote.
He went on to add, "I wish such politicians who perceive apolitical Constitutional functionaries as 'soft targets' to wage their proxy Warfare find a better way to do their politics. I sincerely pray next AG will bring Bargari accused, Drug/Sand/ Transport Mafia Barons to Justice.""My legal Services to fight the good fight and bring the accused to a speedy legal process would always remain at the disposal of the @PunjabGovtIndia and Chief Minister Sardar @CHARANJITCHANNI Pro-Bono. They can call upon them at any time and any place. Long Live Punjab, Punjabi, Punjabiyat," wrote the legislator representing Sri Anandpur Sahib in Lok Sabha.



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