'Upset' AG quits post

Advocate General (AG) Ravivarma Kumar resigned from his post on Monday, triggering speculations that the move was intended to express his displeasure over certain appointments made by the State government.

He met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at his residence in the morning and tendered his resignation letter. According to sources from the chief minister’s secretariat, Siddaramaiah said he would inform about the acceptance or rejection of the resignation letter after he reaches Delhi.

It is learnt that the AG was unhappy with the government’s choice for the post of additional advocate general (AAG) posts in Kalaburagi and in Delhi.

Three months ago, the State government appointed Raghavendra Nadagouda as AAG in Kalaburagi, but the AG had recommended P Vilas Kumar for the post. Similarly, the State government appointed Devdutt Kamat as the AAG in Delhi, ignoring the AG’s recommendation. Sources said the AG was upset about government making appointments against his wish.

Now that the State government has issued a notification of the appointments made, the AG might have submitted his resignation in protest, sources added.

This is the second time Kumar has resigned in the last two years. Earlier, in March 2014, he had expressed his displeasure over the State government’s appointment of two senior counsels to argue Cauvery and Krishna river water dispute cases in the Supreme Court without consulting him.

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