The Punjab government on Wednesday told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that work from the six chief parliamentary secretaries (CPSes) appointed in April this year had been withdrawn after the Supreme Court refused to stay the high court order against such appointments.
The high court in August had invalidated 18 CPS appointments made by Parkash Singh Badal government in 2012. However, as six more such appointments made in April 2016 were not quashed as they were under challenge in different petition, the Punjab government challenged high court order on these appointments in the Supreme Court and did not tinker with these appointments. However, when on October 1, the SC refused to stay the high court order and only issued notices to various parties, government withdrew work from these appointees. The six CPSes include Gurtej Singh Ghuriana (Balluana), Manjit Singh Mianwind (Baba Bakala), Darshan Singh Shivalik (Gill), Gurpartap Singh Wadala (Nakodar) — all from SAD and Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi (Dasuya) and Seema Kumari (Bhoa) of the BJP.
The matter has been adjourned for December 1 by the high court, seeking a written affidavit from the government on withdrawal of work.
HC refuses to stay benefits to Haryana CPSes
The high court bench also refused to stay financial benefits being given to CPSes in Haryana. Request in this regard was made by petitioner advocate Jagmioan Singh Bhatti, claiming that the provisions under which the appointments were made by Haryana government had been dealt with by high court in its judgment on Punjab CPS appointments in August 2016.
Haryana advocate general, BR Mahajan, however, said these appointments were made under different provisions than that of Punjab. Hence, state would want to argue the case on merit.
The appointments of MLAs Seema Trikha (Badkhal), Shyam Singh Rana (Radaur), Kamal Gupta (Hisar) and Bakhshish Singh Virk (Assandh) as CPS were made in August 2015.
A private counsel, who appeared for some appointees, submitted that the appointments in Punjab were made under the Article 162 of the Constitution. However, the appointments were made under Article 187 of the Constitution by the Haryana government.