Suresh Kumar’s appointment squashed: Capt Amarinder directs AG to examine HC verdict
An official spokesperson here said the chief minister has also asked advocate general Atul Nanda to analyse the court’s order in detail and ascertain the grounds cited by the judges to quash Suresh Kumar’s appointment.punjab Updated: Jan 18, 2018 15:55 IST
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the advocate general (AG) to examine the high court judgment that set aside the appointment of Suresh Kumar as the chief principal secretary to the CM and suggest legal remedies.
An official spokesperson here said the chief minister has also asked advocate general Atul Nanda to analyse the court’s order in detail and ascertain the grounds cited by the judges to quash Suresh Kumar’s appointment.
The government would examine the judgment, said the spokesperson. Thereafter, further legal avenues would be explored to decide on the future course of action, he added.
The post of chief principal secretary was specially created for retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar.
“The Prime Minister’s Office has a well-established tradition of over two decades of appointing retired civil servants as principal secretary to the Prime Minister,” said the spokesperson.
Similarly, Gujarat and Kerala governments have also appointed retired IAS officers as chief principal secretary to the chief minister, said the spokesperson.
Suresh Kumar, a 1983-batch IAS officer, was appointed to the key post on account of “his calibre and excellent track record in important roles”, the spokesperson said, asserting that the chief minister’s decision to name the officer as his chief principal secretary “was motivated by the need to have a qualified, experienced and trusted officer in this vital position”.
Kumar, considered close to Singh, was appointed after the Congress came to power in the state March year. The post of chief principal secretary was specially created for the retired IAS officer.
(With inputs from agencies)