Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday issued the notice of motion to the government of Punjab on a public interest litigation (PIL), filed in the court challenging the appointment of seven MLAs as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs). These appointments were made nearly a week back by the state’s SAD-BJP government headed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The case will come up for hearing on May 24. In his petition, advocate Jagmohan Singh Bhatti has sought directions for declaring the posts held by the respondent–Chief Parliamentary Secretaries–in the state ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional.’ The petitioner, who is a practicing advocate in the High Court, has also sought directions to the state government for restraining the state Finance Department not to bear the financial burden of these CPSs. Bhatti has also prayed before the Division Bench comprising Justices S S Saron and Gurmeet Ram that facilities provided to these CPSs should be withdrawn ‘in the interests of the state and its people.’
“These facilities would be burden on the ‘public exchequer,” the petitioner stated before the bench. The petitioner said that earlier the BJP had challenged the appointment of CPS and the Parliamentary Secretaries in Himachal Pradesh. “But the SAD-BJP alliance government has itself appointed Chief Parliamentary Secretaries in the state of Punjab,” he said. The MLAs who have been issued notices are Gurtej Singh Ghuriana, Manjit Singh Mianwind, Darshan Singh Shivalik, Gurpartap Singh Wadala, Pargat Singh, Sukhjeet Kaur Sahi and Seema Kumari. They are the MLAs, who were appointed as Chief Parliamentary Secretaries by the Chief Minister Badal.
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