Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwajhas appointed S Vijay Shankar as the new Advocate General ofthe state.
Bhardwaj issued an order in this regard late last nightfollowing a recommendation by Chief Minister D V SadanadaGowda, a Raj Bhavan release said.
Shankar's appointment was necessitated after B V Acharyaresigned on Thursday as Advocate General citing allegedpressure from the state government to relinquish hisassignment as Special Public Prosecutor in thedisproportionate assets case against Tamil Nadu Chief MinisterJ Jayalalithaa.
Shankar, son of former Karnataka High Court Chief JusticeM Sadasivayya, had earlier also served as Advocate Generalfrom June 1996 to October 1999.
Shankar represented Karnataka in the Supreme Court, RiverWater Dispute Tribunals and other important legal assignments,the release said.