Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday urged the deputy attorney generals, appointed before 2017, to resign from office for new appointment of DAGs.
“As the process for appointment of new deputy attorney generals will start soon, they [deputy attorney generals appointed before 2017] have to resign. Earlier, I have talked to the attorney general to take steps in this regard. But I have not received any resignation letter. I will take an initiative soon to this effect,” he said.
The minister was talking to reporters after attending as chief guest the inauguration of a training course -- “Restorative Justice” -- for legal aid officers at Judicial Administration Training Institute.
There are one attorney general, two additional attorney generals, 67 DAGs and 106 assistant attorney generals for moving cases on behalf of the state before Appellate and High Court divisions of the Supreme Court.
Of the total 67 DAGs, 35 had been appointed before 2017, AG office sources said.
Earlier, the law minister told the inauguration meeting that access to justice is people’s fundamental right.
The government has formulated Legal Aid Services Act, 2000 in order to provide legal aid for the poor, he said.
Law Secretary ASSM Zahirul Haque Dulal presided over the meeting, where Judicial Administration Training Institute Director General Justice Khandker Musa Khaled spoke at the event among others.