Punjab Govt approaches SC against quashing of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries
The Punjab government has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court judgment quashing the appointments of 21 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries.
Additional Advocate General Ajay Bansal confirmed that the state had filed the appeal. On August 12, a Division Bench of Justice SS Saron and Justice Ramendra Jain of the HC had deliver the verdict on two petitions by advocates Jagmohan Singh Bhatti and HC Arora. The ruling had caused a major embarrassment to Punjab’s SAD-BJP government.
In his petition filed more than four years ago, Bhatti had sought directions for declaring illegal and unconstitutional the holding of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries’ posts by MLAs in Punjab.
Bhatti was also seeking directions for restraining the Finance Department from bearing the expenses of “illegal appointments, which were in violation of the 91st Amendment 2004 of the Constitution of India”. Directions were also sought for the withdrawal of all the facilities extended to the respondent MLAs “in the interest of the State, its people and its State Exchequer”.
Subsequently seeking directions for the Central government to dismiss the incumbent government “on the count of poor governance” and violating the mandate of the Constitution “while exceeding backdoor entries to their loyalists and burdening the empty government exchequers”.
Bhatti also pleaded that the appointment of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and Parliamentary Secretaries in Himachal Pradesh had been quashed by the Himachal Pradesh High Court.