MP: Rakesh Sahni’s appointment as NVDA chairman challenged

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:37 IST

The Madhya Pradesh high court on Thursday served notices on the Union and state governments on a PIL challenging the appointment of retired IAS officer Rakesh Sahni as the chairman of the Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA).

Sahni was appointed the NVDA chairman in July 2015.

Former state chief secretary Sahni, a retired IAS officer of the 1972 batch, was the chairman of the state electricity board and was later appointed as the chairman of the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC).

The PIL said that Sahni is not entitled to hold the post of chairman of NVDA as per provisions of section 89(5)(a) of Electricity Act.

“The provisions of section 89(5)(a) of Electricity Act say any member ceasing to hold office shall not accept any commercial employment for a period of two years from the date he ceases to hold such office,” the petitioner’s counsel Ajay Raizada told the court.

“Furthermore, the provision says the members will not represent in the central commission or any state commission in any manner,” the counsel said.

The function of NVDA includes generation and sale of electricity in bulk to the state and other ancillary works, the PIL filed by Dr PG Najpandey, a retired veterinary professor and president of social organization Nagrik Upbhokta Margdarshak Manch, said.

During his tenure as the MPERC chairman, he had decided the matter pertaining to NVDA and state government and proceedings related to the sale and purchase of electricity, the PIL said.

The high court also served notices on the principal secretary of the Water Resources Department and NVDA chairman Rakesh Sahni.

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