The state government on Wednesday appointed Jasti Naga Bhushan as Additional Advocate General. Mr. Bhushan is the son of Justice Jasti Chelameswar, a former judge of the Supreme Court. The state law department released a notification on appointing Naga Bhushan as the additional Advocate General under Article 162 of the constitution. Mr. Bhushan has been practicing in the AP High Court for the past few years before this appointment. He will be assisting Advocate General Mr. Sriram in defending the cases against the state government in High Court.
The appointment gained prominence in the backdrop of several pending cases of the state government in the AP High Court. According to the reports, Naga Bhushan is close to Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. Unconfirmed sources reported that Mr. Bhushan submitted several reports to the CM on the cases filed against the AP Government. In this connection, he also travelled with CM on a special flight to Delhi. There are also murmurs that Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy gave special preference to Mr. Bhushan as he is the son of the former SC judge. The notification issued on Wednesday proved that the murmurs are in fact correct.
With several decisions of the state government being challenged in the High Court, the officials are spending more time preparing for the cases. Naturally, Mr. Reddy would have felt that he needs a strong team to defend his government in the court. However, it is too early to comment on the impact of Mr. Bhushan’s appointment.