The Odisha government has appointed Senior Advocate Ashok Parija as the new Advocate General for the state. Parija will replace Advocate General Surya Prasad Mishra. Following his enrollment in 1984, Parija practised under former Advocate General for Odisha, Bijoy K Mahanti.
Parijis was designated as a senior advocate in 2003 in the Orissa High Court. In 2008, he was elected as a member of State Bar Council. The same year, he became a member of the bar council of India. In July 2011, he was elected chairman of the Bar Council of India.