GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar on Thursday called Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to Raj Bhawan to convey his anguish over the State Government’s decision to appoint Vijay Verma as the former’s legal advisor in place of present incumbent Pradeep Dubey. Yadav, however, has told the governor that the decision cannot be withdrawn.
The Raj Bhawan had shot off a letter to the State Government on Wednesday asking it to immediately withdraw the official notification appointing Verma.
According to sources, the governor during his talks with Yadav lamented the State Government’s interference in the ongoing standoff between the Raj Bhawan and the High Court. The governor said the State Government should have taken his prior consent before issuing the notification appointing any officer as his legal advisor.
He told the CM that the State Government could have waited for the HC response to Raj Bhawan’s request for sending names of a panel of officers.
According to sources, the chief minister on his part clarified that the State Government did not intend to offend the governor. The CM reportedly told the governor that the State Government had issued orders appointing Verma on the basis of recommendations of the HC.
Chief Minister said the State Government was duty bound to honour the HC recommendations or else it might have amounted to contempt of court. Chief Minister said the State Government would not quash the notification appointing Verma till the HC forwarded another name or a panel of names of officers.
Meanwhile, as the HC is not in a mood to send any other name, the standoff between it and the Raj Bhawan may continue for some more days. The HC authorities have already maintained that Verma’s name had been selected from the list of 39 officers who had applied for the post. On the other hand, senior officers of the State Government have justified the notification appointing Verma as legal advisor to the governor. The HC screening committee had also cleared Verma’s name, said a senior officer.