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Guv queries Hooda govt on controversial appointments

PTI  Chandigarh, August 02, 2014
First Published: 15:41 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 15:46 IST(2/8/2014)

Stepping in, Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has sought response from Bhupinder Singh Hooda government on BJP's demand for cancellation of recent controversial appointments by the chief minister.

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The memorandum of BJP submitted to the governor on July 30 has been forwarded to the state government seeking comments on the same. The state government has been asked to submit its comments within 15 days, a senior Haryana Raj Bhawan official told PTI here today.

In a memorandum submitted to the newly-appointed governor, BJP had demanded cancellation of appointments of two State Information Commissioners and three Commissioners of Haryana Right to Service Commission, calling them illegal and unconstitutional.

Hooda had courted controversy by administering the oath of office to these officials barely an hour after the new Governor took charge on July 28.

Accusing Hooda government of not following rules and proper procedures in making appointments, BJP had said,"As per the Constitution, the letter of appointments should have been issued before administering oath. But Hooda government did not bother about it."

BJP had also sought registration of an FIR against the then chief secretary S C Chaudhary for allegedly forcing a senior IAS officer Pradeep Kasni to do "wrong things" pertaining to appointments.

However, Chaudhary had maintained that there was no illegality in making the appointments and in administering the oath to them.

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