The Supreme Court has been moved challenging a judgment of the Madras High Court upholding the appointment of A. Navaneethakrishnan, as the Advocate-General (AG) of Tamil Nadu.

The High Court in September last had dismissed a quo warranto writ petition filed by advocate S. Kasiramalingam questioning under what authority Mr. Navaneethakrishan was holding the office of AG. .

The petitioner stated that Mr. Navaneethakrishnan should satisfy the qualification prescribed under the Constitution — 10 years’ continuous practice as an advocate of a High Court immediately preceding his appointment as AG. He held the post of a Member of the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission from June 16, 2004 to March 26, 2008 and was prohibited from accepting any employment either under the Centre or the State Government.

He said that according to Article 217 (2) (b), the person be selected for the post of Advocate-General should have been an advocate of a High Court or of two or more such courts for 10 years in succession.