CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government will fill 23 vacancies of additional district attorney before March 31 to overcome the shortage of legal officers in various courts of the state.
Of these 23 posts, three will be filled by way of promotion and the rest through direct recruitment. Earlier, the high court had ordered a stay on the recruitment of legal officers in the state, which was vacated in October last year.
State counsel presented the recruitment plan before the Punjab and Haryana high court division bench comprising chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Augustine George Masih on Thursday.
As per the affidavit submitted by the under secretary, state department of home affairs and justice, Vinod Sharma, there were a total of eight vacant posts of district attorney, 25 of deputy district attorney and 19 of assistant district attorney in various courts as on January 31.
The affidavit mentioned that the government had decided in 2009 to fill 118 posts of assistant district attorney on regular basis in 2009, 2010 and 2011. But after the requisition was sent to the Punjab Public Service Commission in April 2009, the proposal was agreed to on the condition that the government had to first amend the service rules for assistant district attorney (Group B). These services rules had not been finalised till date, and the process was on in the personnel department, Sharma submitted.
The officer also stated that in view ‘of the creation of 60 new posts of Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) officers, the director, prosecution and litigation, had made a request to the government in December last year for the creation of 87 new posts of assistant district attorney, besides the revival of seven posts, and to fill these posts on contract. The matter was under the consideration of the department of finance.
The information was provided during resumed hearing on a public interest litigation filed by advocate HC Arora seeking directions to transfer 15 assistant district attorneys from the district legal services authorities to the prosecution and litigation department of the state, which was facing shortage of staff.
The petition was disposed of by the division bench on Thursday.