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HC fixes July 11 next date in Punjab CPS case

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The and High Court adjourned today the hearing on an appeal filed by the government against the order of a single bench that had set aside the appointment of as the to

The division bench of Justices and adjourned the matter to July 11, said the petitioner's

The case was adjourned after P Chidambaram, appearing on the state's behalf, sought at least two hours for presenting his arguments in the matter. Then the bench fixed the next date after summer vacations, said Singh.

On January 17, a single bench of Punjab and High Court had set aside the appointment of as the to Punjab Chief Minister, saying the retired was holding public office "without authority of law".

Petitioner Ramandeep Singh, a Mohali resident, had moved the high court last year, claiming Kumar's appointment was against the constitutional scheme and accepted norms.

A division bench of Punjab and High court, on February 14, had stayed the operation of the order of the single bench.

The had filed an appeal, and challenged the single-bench order. The state had maintained it has "unequivocal powers" to make contractual appointments.

Kumar, considered close to Amarinder Singh, was appointed after the came to power in the state last March.

A 1983-batch officer, Kumar retired in 2016 as He had served at many positions in the state as well as at the Centre on deputation.

Kumar had also served as to the during Singh's previous tenure of 2002-2007.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:40 IST