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Plea on appointment of law officers: HC notice to TN govt

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Madras High today directed the state to file its response on a seeking steps to appoint qualified officers in various courts in a transparent and objective manner.

The petitioner, Vasanthakumar, who is an advocate, also sought quashing of the Order with regard to "appointment of officers of High of Madras and its Bench at Madurai (Appointment) Rules 2017" and the consequent Gazette dated April 29.

He contended that these were illegal, arbitrary, discriminatory and in defiance of the long line of judgements of the Supreme

A vacation bench comprising Justices R Mahadevan and M Govindaraj directed the Chief Secretary of to file a counter within four weeks.

Earlier, the petitioner, while challenging the appointment of officers, sought a direction to the to appoint persons knowing for the posts in different courts in

The earlier first bench headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul (since elevated to the Supreme Court) had appointed an amicus (an adviser to the court) in the matter of drafting rules for appointment of officers for various courts in to represent the

However, the bench comprising the then Acting Chief Justice, who was heading the first bench after the elevation of Justice Kaul, disposed of the batch of petitions including the one filed by petitioner Vasanthakumar, saying that appointment of officers is purely under the domain of the

Subsequently, the on April 29 passed a GO framing the rules for appointment of officers in courts, which has now been challenged by Vasanthakumar.

In his petition, the advocate said the state had not taken into consideration the observation made by the Supreme and high to ensure transparency in the appointment of officers.

The state should have devised a mechanism for selecting officers rather than leaving it to the wisdom of the learned Advocate-General and the same is deprecated by the Supreme in "State of Punjab & another Vs Brijeshwar Singh Chahal & another" case, the petitioner said.

The petitioner urged the to quash the above GO framing rules and direct the state to take steps to appoint qualified officers in a transparent and objective manner to save the justice delivery system.

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 21:13 IST