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Petition challenges chief secretary’s extension

india Updated: Jun 16, 2009 02:03 IST
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Thane-based lawyer R R Tripathi has moved the high court challenging the six-month extension given to Chief Secretary Johny Joseph.

The lawyer had earlier challenged the extensions given to former Director General of Police (DGP) P S Pasricha and the then Mumbai police commissioner Dhananjay Jadhav.

The court had set aside the extension on Tripathi’s petition.

Tripathi has contended that the extension to Joseph, who was due to retire on May 31, was in violation of rules as well as a recent high court order that barred the state from granting extension or reappointment of any government employee.

A Central government notification issued in 2005 says that the chief secretaries of states can be given an extension of six months under All-India Service Rules.

But, the benefit is given only if the official is concerned with the budget work or if he is a member of an important committee that is to be set up soon.

Joseph was neither involved in any budget work nor was part of a important committee, Tripathi has contended in his petition.

Extension to the chief secretaries can also be given if there was no suitable successor. But, the lawyer has said in his petition, there are many senior officers having more than 30 years experience in the state administration.

According to Tripathi, the extension given to Joseph also flouts a recent HC under which the court had specifically restrained the state from giving any extension or reappointment to any retired government employee.

Tripathi urged the court to set aside the extension and also direct him to repay the salary and other emoluments received after retirement.

The PIL is scheduled to come up for hearing later this week.