The Punjab and Haryana high court has taken a serious note of the Punjab and Haryana gover nments besides the Chandigarh administration for having failed to make any effort to find out availability of retired high court judges before appointment of retired bureaucrats as chairpersons of the respective state police complaints authorities (PCAs).
The division bench comprising justices Jasbir Singh and HS Sidhu on Monday directed the Punjab gover nment to file a specific affidavit as to what efforts were made by it for finding out availability of retired judges before appointing retired home secretary DS Bains as the PCA chairperson on March 4.
The court also directed both the states and the UT Chandigarh to specifically reply whether in a situation, where relevant rules envisaged appointment of a retired judge as well as a retired bureaucrat as chairperson of such an authority, why preference not be given to a retired judge over a retired bureaucrat.
The state governments should follow the Supreme Court directions in “Parkash Singh and others vs union of India” case of 2006 of inviting a panel of names of retired judges from the high court chief justice, the petitioner had submitted. The case will come up for hearing on April 21.