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HC stays order quashing top Punjab officer's appointment

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

A division bench of the and on Wednesday stayed the order of a single bench of the same court which last month quashed the appointment of retired senior IAS as the Chief Principal Secretary to

The division bench, comprising Justice and Justice Rajbir Sehrawat, issued notice of motion to the person who filed a petition against Kumar's appointment and to Kumar and other respondents for April 17.

and senior appeared for the government to challenge the single bench ruling of January 17 setting aside Kumar's appointment.

The government pleaded before the division bench that the appointment of any person as a to assist him was the Chief Minister's prerogative. It pointed out that Kumar did not possess the power to pass orders on any file.

The appeal added that Kumar neither took any decision nor recorded it. Only the decisions taken by the were recorded on the file.

Kumar's disqualification by the court last month was seen as a major blow to

The Chief Minister, who was clearly upset by the development, had directed to examine the judgment and appeal against it.

The single bench of Justice had ruled that the retired (IAS) was holding the post "in violation of Article 166 (3) of the Constitution" and thus the appointment was "null and void".

Kumar is considered close to and was seen as the most powerful man in the state after him.

Kumar, a 1983-batch IAS officer, was appointed to the key post immediately after Amarinder Singh assumed office in March 2017. Kumar had retired as Additional in April 2016. He was often referred to as the 'super CM' or 'de facto CM'.

He was earlier the during the latter's earlier tenure as Chief Minister from 2002-07.

It is still not clear if Kumar will return to work. The Chief Minister had gone to Kumar's private residence in Sector 16 last week to persuade him to join back if the stayed the quashing of his appointment.

A had moved the last year to challenge Kumar's appointment.



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 13:52 IST