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WB State Advocate General Kishor Dutta Resigns, Senior Adv Gopal Mukherjee Replaces Him

Kishore Datta also sent a copy of his resignation letter to the Chief Secretary of the State and to the State Law Minister Moloy Ghatak.

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Kolkata: On Tuesday West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Datta resigned from his post.

In the resignation letter which Datta sent to the West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar he cited “personal reasons”, as the reason for his resignation.

The resignation was accepted by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with immediate effect.

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also tweeted “In terms of Article 165 of the Constitution have accepted with immediate effect resignation submitted by Shri Kishore Datta, Senior Advocate, as Advocate General of State of West Bengal @MamataOfficial with immediate effect,” and also posted Datta’s resignation letter.

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Datta also sent a copy of his resignation letter to the Chief Secretary of the State and to the State Law Minister Moloy Ghatak.

According to sources, Datta did not succeed in getting an order in favor of the state in two cases. First being the Post Poll violence case where the Calcutta High Court gave CNI investigation and second relief to Suvendu Adhikari from existing cases, the court has given stay order in three of the cases against Adhikari and also provided Adhikari with interim relief.

Sources in the state administration said that Datta was not asked to resign by the State but the State was not happy with Datta s performance in certain crucial cases. Sources further state that the name of the new AG has been recommended to the state Governor for approval.

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Datta, who took charge as Advocate General in February 2017, is the fourth advocate general of West Bengal in a row to have resigned from the post.

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After the TMC party came to power in 2011 Anindya Mitra and his successors Bimal Chatterjee and Jayanta Mitra had also resigned from the post.

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