The recent appointments made by the Haryana government to the state right to service commission as well as the state information commission have come under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Two public interest litigations were filed by People Union for Civil Liberties general secretary Rajendra Mohan Kashyap challenging the appointment of five persons to the state right to service commission and the three appointments made to the state information commission.
The first PIL has challenged these appointments terming them in violation of the rules and has sought quashing of these appointments.
The PIL challenges appointment of chief commissioner, right to service commission, SC Chaudhary, along with commissioners Sarban Singh, Lt Gen Virender Singh Tonk, Sunil Kalyan and Amar Singh. The PIL sought quashing of their appointments.
The other petition filed by the same NGO challenged the appointment of Rekha, Shiv Raman Gaur and Vijay Nirula to the state information commission.
The petitioner claimed that the appointments are in violation of the rules and thus should be quashed as the government failed to follow the procedure.
The PIL alleged that these appointments were made by the statutory committee chaired by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and attended by education minister Geeta Bhukkal. The third member of the committee, leader of the opposition in the Assembly, Om Prakash Chautala, did not attend the meeting. However, Chautala recorded his dissent in a note to Hooda.
The petitioner also pointed out that Pradeep Kasni, secretary, administrative reforms, had objected to these appointments and was transferred a few days later.
The PIL has sought quashing of these appointments and has sought directions to summon the entire record. The case will come up for hearing on October 27.