Hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSs) in Punjab and Haryana, the high court has asked the two state governments to give information as to under which law they were appointed.
There are 20 CPSs in Punjab and 11 in Haryana. The high court ordered the two states to submit details about the entitlements, facilities and powers given to CPSs.
The petitioners had apprised the court that the CPSs had been appointed, though no such post existed under the Constitution of India or under any statue or Act passed by Parliament or any state legislature.
The division bench also asked if CPSs were getting more perks than legislators, cases in which CPSs' suggestions were considered or overruled by ministers or the government concerned and about the nature of duties they were performing. The case would now come up for hearing on August 13.