The appointment of senior advocate M. K. Damodaran as the legal advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan has raised several questions. Though it is an unpaid post, the validity and soundness of the post needs to be questioned. Even though the State has its top most lawyer in the form of Advocate General (AG) C.P.Sudhakara Prasad, the decision by the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) has allegedly violated the Constitutional procedure of a State.
Mr. Damodaran has also served as the AG of Kerala when scandals like Ice Cream Parlour Case and Surya Nelli Case took place. The conflict between the post of AG and Mr.Damodaran was discussed in a larger way when the latter made himself available in court to attend the case for the “lottery king” Santiago Martin last week. Mr. Martin has 32 lottery fraud cases to his name in Kerala, in some of which it is the State government that has filed an appeal.
In the history of Kerala, no Chief Minister has appointed a legal advisor for himself when the State has an AG. The question is not of the post held by Mr. Damodaran, but the conflict that would arise in the future between the AG of the State and the legal advisor.