The board secretary was compelled to resign after the high court on Tuesday pulled up the state government for illegally appointing him and letting him continue on the post. The court had directed the state government to submit the action-taken report by Wednesday.
The petitioner had informed the court that Balwinder was appointed secretary on October 30, 2011. As per rules, any person is appointed to the post of secretary from the panel prepared and sent by the state government of existing government officers or eligible officers of the board.
But Balwinder's name was not on the panel. Even the state government had itself accepted that the appointment had not been made as per rules and had issued directions on April 6 to the board to review its decision. But still Balwinder had been continuing on the post.