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Law officers asked not to talk to media on sensitive issues

Peeved at law officers giving independent advice to various departments without consulting the Law Ministry and talking to media on sensitive issues, the Law Secretary today shot off letters to them.



New Delhi: Peeved at law officers giving
independent advice to various departments without consulting
the Law Ministry and talking to media on sensitive issues, the
Law Secretary today shot off letters to them asking them to be
careful in their approach.

While the Attorney General and Solicitor General were
sent the letters yesterday, the Legal Department today issued
a similar communication to all the Additional Solicitor
Generals.

"Off late, it has been noticed that law officers are
tendering advice to various ministries/govt departments
directly without receiving a reference from the ministry and
thereby creating embarrassing situations," stated the letter
signed by Law Secretary D R Meena.

The ministry has sternly asked its law officers to desist
from making statements before the court without receiving its
instructions.

"Law officers have made statements having wide financial
implications and ramifications on behalf of the government,
without the (Law) ministry`s instructions," said the letter.

It is learnt that Law Minister M Veerappa Moily is upset
over the assurances given by a law officer on behalf of the
government in the Supreme Court that adequate funds would be
provided for creation of infrastructure for the judiciary in
the country.

Upset with the tendency among the law officers to send
their legal opinions and leak the ministry`s details to the
media, the ministry has asked them not to do so.

PTI

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