In what has set off another big political controversy in Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Randhawa’s son-in-law has been appointed as the state’s Additional Advocate General, prompting backlash from Opposition parties who alleged nepotism by the Congress in key government offices.
As per a notification issued on Monday, advocate Tarun Vir Singh Lehal has been appointed Additional Advocate General in the office of the Advocate General of Punjab on contractual basis till March 31, subject to renewal on an annual basis.
Defending the decision, Randhawa, also the state’s Home Minister, told News18 that Lehal’s appointment was legal. “The appointment has been made on recommendation of Advocate General Punjab. His enrolment number is P-1968/2008 and he has a practice record of more than 12 years with 500-odd cases pending in the High Court. It is a contractual appointment for less than six months, not a permanent job,” the minister said.