SC stays high court order on appointments/promotions of joint secretaries

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 28, 2015 20:35 IST

The Supreme Court has stayed the order of Punjab and Haryana high court wherein the latter had quashed the promotion of two officers and had set aside appointment of one more as deputy secretary at Haryana Vidhan Sabha.

The HC in December had quashed the promotion of Subhash Chander as joint secretary and Joga Singh as deputy secretary and had set aside the appointment of Naren Dutt as deputy secretary.

The high had also quashed the qualifications for the posts of deputy secretary and joint secretary in Haryana Vidhan Sabha for which the qualifications were prescribed in the Haryana Vidhan Sabha Secretariat Service (Amendment) Rules,

The division bench of justice Dipak Misra and justice PC Pant stayed the high court order and has sought reply from state within six weeks.

The high court in its order in December had held that Subhash Chander was initially not even eligible to hold the deputy secretary's post was allowed to continue on the post for two years. Later the requirement of LLB was done away with in the rules, and experience was downgraded from three to two years to regularise his appointment as deputy secretary.

As of Joga Singh, who was working as a superintendent in the Vidhan Sabha secretariat. He was permitted to officiate as undersecretary against the post of deputy secretary. Naren Dutt, who had applied for the deputy secretary's post, his processing of application was done within a single day.

After his appointment, the requirement of six years experience was also downgraded to two. Following this, an advertisement was issued on the basis of amended rules for filling up deputy secretary's post and Dutt was selected for said post.

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