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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Dec 2014

Row over appointments: Guv seeks govt’s comments

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, August 03, 2014
First Published: 12:32 IST(3/8/2014) | Last Updated: 12:34 IST(3/8/2014)

Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has sought the Haryana government’s comments within 15 days on the recent appointments made in the State Information Commission (SIC) and Haryana Right to Service Commission (HRTSC) against which the BJP had submitted a memorandum to him recently.

The BJP had met the governor seeking a probe into the appointments made by the government, which, the party delegation held, were in violation of the rules and were intended at favouring the loyalists of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The BJP leaders also pointed out that Hooda had appointed and administered the oath to the new commissioners though it was the governor who always administered the oath in the past.

The controversy pertaining to the appointments had snowballed as the secretary, administrative reforms, Pradeep Kasni had also objected to the same saying on file that most of the appointees had not resigned and were still holding the office of profit. He noted that the new commissioners had also not been issued appointment letters.

Questions were raised as to why Hooda exercised the delegation of powers to administer oath, granted by previous governor Jagannath Pahadia, when the new governor had already been appointed.

Though Hooda had said all members were appointed as per the law and that the governor had authorised him to administer the oath, the BJP termed the selection and oath against rules.

It may be recalled that chief secretary SC Chaudhary, who retired on July 31, 2014, was made as RTS chief commissioner, while IAS officer Sarban Singh, who retires later this year, former Lt Gen VS Tonk (retd) and senior deputy advocate general, Haryana, Sunil Katyal were made RTS commissioners.

Likewise, former IAS officer Shiv Raman Gaur, advocate Amar Singh Chaudhry, husband of a judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, and Rekha, wife of Hooda’s political adviser Prof Virender, were named as information commissioners.

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