The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued notice of motion on a petition filed by former Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Nirmal Singh Kahlon, who has challenged the Patiala CBI special court order of summoning him in the scam regarding the recruitment of 909 panchayat secretaries more than a decade ago.
In his petition, Kahlon has submitted that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had sought permission from the state government to prosecute him in the scam, which was denied.
He submitted that the order by the CBI special court, Patiala, of summoning him had been passed without taking the government’s decision into account; pleading that the order be quashed.
Hearing the plea on Monday, justice Sabina sought a reply from the CBI while fixing the next date of hearing for February 24.
The case was registered in June 2003, on the basis of the statement of the then director, rural development and panchayats, against Kahlon and various officers of the state government on charges of corruption, forgery and abuse of official position for alleged irregularities in the selection.
Ex-haryana govt increased retirement age to get mileage
The Haryana government on Monday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the decision of the previous Congress regime to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 years was “only to gain political mileage” just before the assembly elections.
In its reply filed before the high court on a bunch of petitions challenging the government decision of rolling back the retirement age from 60 to 58, the government has submitted that the decision of the previous regime was not on the basis of any material nor the issue was placed before the finance department. “In fact, the said decision was only to gain political mileage just before the imposition of the model code of conduct,” the government informed the high court in its reply.
The government has submitted that in the past also same government had rejected such representations from various employees unions. But “surprisingly” all of a sudden it took a decision to increase the age of retirement. It has claimed that days before the decision was taken the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government had decided to give an option to the employees to serve till the age of 60 provided they are fit to continue in service. But in the cabinet meeting, which took place following the above-said decision, the then government “on its own accord” revised their earlier decision.
After hearing all sides, the bench of justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa fixed December 18 as date for final arguments in the case. The HC also directed the government to file reply on other petitions filed after November 28, when the case was heard for the first time and a reply was sought from the government.