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Navaneethakrishnan named TNPSC chief

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A. Navaneethakrishnan
A. Navaneethakrishnan

: A. Navaneethakrishnan, a senior advocate in the Madras High Court, and who was till now Advocate-General (AG), has been appointed chairman of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC).

He will succeed R. Nataraj, who will retire on Wednesday (March 13) on attaining the age of 62 years. Mr. Nataraj, a former officer of the Indian Police Service, has been holding the post since January last year. His term of office is marked by several measures aimed at restoring the confidence of the public in the institution.

Born on May 18, 1956, Mr. Navaneethakrishnan has been a practitioner of law since 1981. He was the Special Public Prosecutor under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and Essential Commodities Act in Thanjavur during 1991-1996. Five years later, he was appointed Additional Public Prosecutor and in 2004, he became a TNPSC member. He also functioned as officiating Chairman of the Commission till 2008. After the assumption of office by the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government, he was made AG on May 23, 2011.

New AG

A.L. Somayaji, Additional Advocate General, has been named to succeed Mr. Navaneethakrishnan as Advocate-General. He entered the Bar nearly 45 years ago (December 6, 1967). He hails from a family of freedom-fighters in Tirunelveli district. With a graduate degree in commerce, he obtained law degree from University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Initially, he joined the office of Aiyar and Dolia (S. Viswanathan and B.R. Dolia) and in October 1994, he was designated senior counsel. A specialist in labour legislations, he authored several publications, including a textbook on Tamil Nadu Shops and Establishments Act, 1947 , and a digest on Sales Tax.

Mr. Somayaji, who was made Additional Advocate-General last month, had held the post during the previous regime of the AIADMK government. Three years ago, he became the Chief Editor of Labour Law Notes. He is the Secretary of the Rules Committee, Madras High Court.


  • He will succeed

    R. Nataraj

  • A.L. Somayaji is the new

    Advocate-General


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