The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government on a petition seeking removal of Punjab Nursing Registration Council registrar Surjit Kaur.
The high court bench of justice Paramjit Singh sought response on the petition alleging that the secretary, department of research and medical education, was making such appointments without having any jurisdiction, presumably “at the instance of the minister concerned” for interfering with the functioning of the autonomous bodies. The court was told that another petition seeking removal of Manjeet Kaur Mohi from the post of registrar of the Punjab Medical Council was also pending before the court.
The court has sought response by August 16 from the government, principal secretary of the department and Kaur.
“Under Section 10 of the Punjab Nurses Registration Act, 1932, it has been laid down that the council shall appoint the registrar who shall also act as treasurer unless the council appoints another person on the post; and may appoint other officials as it may deem necessary and every person so appointed shall, subject to the rules, be removable from the office at the pleasure of the council and shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of Section 21 of the India Penal Code,” the petitioner had argued stating that Kaur was made registrar on November 2014 in violation of the provisions of the Act.