Himachal HC reserves judgment on plea challenging CPSes’ appointments - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Himachal HC reserves judgment on plea challenging CPSes’ appointments

By, Shimla
Jun 13, 2024 10:42 PM IST

The HC division bench heard the arguments on the petition filed by PERGO today. Three separate petitions were filed challenging the legality and constitutionality of the appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries in the state. The court has already completed hearings on the petition filed by the BJP legislators and one Kalpana Devi and reserved its judgment.

A division bench comprising justice Vivek Thakur and justice Bipin Chandra Negi on Thursday concluded the hearing on the petition challenging the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries. The division bench had reserved its judgment on the petition filed by People for Responsible Governance (PERGO).

A division bench comprising justice Vivek Thakur and justice Bipin Chandra Negi on Thursday concluded the hearing on the petition challenging the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries. The division bench had reserved its judgment on the petition filed by People for Responsible Governance (PERGO). (Shutterstock/ Representational image)
A division bench comprising justice Vivek Thakur and justice Bipin Chandra Negi on Thursday concluded the hearing on the petition challenging the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries. The division bench had reserved its judgment on the petition filed by People for Responsible Governance (PERGO). (Shutterstock/ Representational image)

The division bench heard the arguments on the petition filed by PERGO today. Three separate petitions were filed challenging the legality and constitutionality of the appointments of chief parliamentary secretaries in the state. The court has already completed hearings on the petition filed by the BJP legislators and one Kalpana Devi and reserved its judgment.

The court in its earlier orders has prohibited chief parliamentary secretaries from availing the facilities of ministers and functioning like ministers. Sanjay Awasthi from Arki assembly constituency, Sundar Singh from Kullu, Ram Kumar from Doon, Mohan Lal Brakta from Rohru, Ashish Butail from Palampur and Kishori Lal from Baijnath have been challenged.

A division bench comprising Justice Vivek Thakur and Justice Sandeep Sharma on January 4 passed an interim order debarring the six chief parliamentary secretaries appointed by chief minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu from availing the facilities given to cabinet-rank minister.

The BJP had maintained in the petition that there is no provision for the post of chief parliamentary secretaries in the Constitution and under Article 164 of the Constitution of India, not more than 15% of the cabinet can be formed in the state, which is 12 in Himachal. Still, after the appointment of chief parliamentary secretaries, this number reaches 18. To buy time, the Congress government filed the transfer petition in the Supreme Court under Article 139A of the Constitution. It has requested that the petition of Kalpana Devi vs Government of Himachal Pradesh and others, Satpal Singh Satti vs Government of Himachal, Kalpana Devi, and NGO People for Responsible Governance vs state government and others, be transferred to the apex court. However, the request was turned down.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, July 16, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On