West Bengal Advocate General Kishore Datta on Tuesday resigned from his post citing “personal reasons”, and it was accepted by Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar with immediate effect, according to the Raj Bhavan.
Soumendranath Mookherjee who joined Calcutta High Court in 1986 has been appointed the new advocate general. Son of former Union minister and senior advocate Satyabrata Mookherjee, the advocate general was educated at Doon School and Temple Chamber, London.
“In terms of Article 165 of the Constitution have accepted with immediate effect resignation submitted by Kishore Datta, Senior Advocate, as Advocate General of State of West Bengal @MamataOfficial with immediate effect,” Dhankhar tweeted.
Datta, who took charge in February 2017, is the fourth advocate general of West Bengal in a row to have resigned from the post during the Mamata Banerjee regime. Anindya Mitra, the first advocate general to have taken charge after the TMC government came to power in 2011, and his successors Bimal Chatterjee and Jayanta Mitra had also resigned from the post.