Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 24
Advocate Anil Mehta was today appointed the UT senior standing counsel in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The post was lying vacant after the then senior standing counsel Pankaj Jain was elevated as a High Court Judge.
UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit appointed Mehta, additional standing counsel, as senior standing counsel. The post in the Union Territory of Chandigarh is equivalent to that of an advocate-general in a state.
The Administrator, for seeking recommendations for the post, had constituted a selection committee comprising Additional Solicitor-General Satya Pal Jain, Adviser to the Administrator Dharam Pal and Home Secretary Nitin Yadav and Legal Remembrancer Vijay James. The committee interacted with around 15 candidates for the position and unanimously recommended Mehta’s name to the Administrator.
Mehta is an alumnus of the Army Institute of Law, Mohali, and represents government organisations such as NHAI, FCI, Central University, Haryana, and Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In 2014, he was appointed deputy advocate-general of Haryana and joined the Chandigarh Administration as additional standing counsel in 2018.
During his tenure as additional standing counsel, Mehta appeared before the High Court in various important matters such as apartment matter, minority status of schools and Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections to name a few.
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