Punjab and Haryana high court has questioned the Punjab government's decision to take charge of post of Punjab Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training chairman from IAS officer BK Srivastva even as the high court had stayed his transfer orders earlier.
The state government, vide its order dated April 20, had directed Srivastva to take over as financial commissioner, appeals. Presently, the charge is with SS Channi, principal secretary, technical education and industrial training.
However, when Srivastva approached the high court, it had granted a stay on the transfer orders on April 23.
The petition came up for hearing before a bench headed by justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa on Monday. The bench said it was surprising on part of the Punjab government that despite clear-cut directions from the high court, it was not implementing the same.
Justice Dhindsa directed the counsel appearing for the State to file a detailed reply on July 17, the next date of hearing.
The 1977-batch IAS officer had submitted that as per Section 21 of the Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training Act, 1992, the minimum tenure of posting of a director was three years. However, he had been transferred just a month after taking charge as board chairman, he informed the court.