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Assembly Secy returns to AIR, Delhi Speaker withdraws plea from HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court was today informed that the Assembly Secretary, whose repatriation to his parent department -- the All Radio (AIR) -- had become a contentious issue between the and the Lieutenant Governor, has been sent back with effect from February 26.

The development was communicated to the high court on behalf of Ram Niwas Goel, who had been opposing the repatriation of even though then (LG) had ordered that he be sent back to AIR.

The also told the court that since Suryadevara has been repatriated, the was not pressing the plea challenging the LG's decision to send him back.

In view of the submission made on behalf of the Speaker, Justice dismissed the matter as not pressed.

According to the written instructions given to the for the Assembly, Goel had received a communication from the Speaker of Legislative Assembly requesting him to spare Suryadevara for them.

Besides this, the written instruction also said that Suryadevara told Goel that his parent department has asked him in writing to return so that the proposal of deputing him to the assembly could be considered.

"In view of the request of the Speaker of a sister legislature and keeping in view the future career prospects of the concerned in legislative arena, the Speaker (Goel), with the hope and belief that Suryadevara will not be further harassed by his parent department for simply following the instructions of the Speaker and the (Delhi) Legislative Assembly, reluctantly agreed to relieve Suryadevara from his duties with effect from February 26, 2018.

"Accordingly, stood relieved from the position of Secretary, Legislative Assembly, NCT of Delhi," the court was informed by the

The for the LG, meanwhile, told the court that since Suryadevara joined his parent department, he has faced disciplinary action there.

The high court had on February 23 asked Suryadevara, who was loaned to the AAP by the Centre for a year, how he could continue in the post when his parent department, AIR, wanted him back.

The court had also asked how the Speaker could hold the back without the consent of his parent department.

Suryadevara, an belonging to (Telugu) cadre, had on the last date told the court that he wanted to work in the legislature.

The was relieved by the LG in August 2016, a decision that was challenged by the Speaker in the high court.

Goel had refused to relieve the official, insisting that since he, as the Speaker, held a constitutional office, the LG cannot repatriate the without his concurrence.

Suryadevara had earlier served in the offices of for five years and for over six years.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:40 IST