Advocate General of West Bengal Kishore Datta tendered his resignation on Tuesday citing personal reasons marking an end to his nearly 4 years long tenure. He had been appointed as the Advocate General in February 2017 after his predecessor barrister Jayanta Mitra had stepped down before completion of his tenure due to 'differences with the government'.
In a letter addressed to the Governor of West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankar, the Advocate General submitted,
"I do hereby tender resignation as the Advocate General for the State of West Bengal with immediate effect, owing to personal reasons. Please accept the same. It was a wonderful experience working for the State of West Bengal".
A copy of the same had also been forwarded to the Chief Secretary of West Bengal and the Minister-in-charge of the Department of Law and Justice.
In recent times, Kishore Datta has been involved in various high profile cases in the Calcutta High Court against the West Bengal government including the case on post-poll violence, the Narada scam wherein four prominent leaders of Trinamool Congress party had been arrested by the CBI as well as the ongoing challenge to the PAC Chairmanship of TMC MLA Mukul Roy.
On Tuesday, the Governor of West Bengal mentioned vide his official Twitter handle that pursuant to Article 165 of the Constitution, he had accepted with immediate effect the resignation submitted by Kishore Datta.
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. pic.twitter.com/IKK0Iu4qeG— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) September 14, 2021