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Goa Parliamentary Secretaries appointment set aside

india Updated: Jan 22, 2009 17:09 IST

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The Goa Bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday set aside the appointment of two parliamentary secretaries in the Congress-led state government stating that it was "unconstitutional".

Chief Justice Swatenter Kumar and Justice Nelson Britto set aside the appointment of NCP legislator Nilkant Halarnkar and Congress MLA Fransisco Silveira as Parliamentary Secretaries.

The order, aiming at having political stability in the state, was pronounced in the open court on Thursday.

Scrapping the appointment of the two MLAs, the bench has given four weeks time to the respondents to approach higher court, instead of the six weeks sought by state advocate General Subodh Kantak.

Social activist Aires Rodrigues had challenged the appointment of the two MLAs as Parliamentary Secretaries terming it "unconstitutional".

He had also challenged the cabinet status accorded to Economic Development Corporation Chairman Agnelo Fernandes, Deputy Chairman of Planning Board Dr Wilfred de Souza and Non-resident Indians Commissioner, Eduardo Faleiro.

However, the cabinet status accorded to these officers has not been scrapped and Rodrigues said he will move Supreme Court on the issue.