Delhi high court takes dim view of row over posting
The speaker of an assembly knocking the doors of the court is “an extraordinary circumstance”, Delhi high court said on Friday, taking a dim view of a tussle over posting of a central government official in the Delhi assembly.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said that such matters should be resolved amicably without coming to court, giving 10 days to the Centre and the AAP government to resolve the fight over repatriation to Centre of secretary of the assembly.”He is not such an officer that two governments (Delhi and the Centre) should fight over him. Why cannot it be resolved amicably?” the bench asked.
The court’s remarks came during the hearing of a plea by Delhi legislative assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel challenging then lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung’s order repatriating assembly secretary Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara to Centre.
An officer belonging to newsreader-cum-translator (Telugu) cadre, Suryadevara was sent back to All India Radio (AIR), his parent organisation. Goel refused to relieve him arguing his services are require by the assembly. Goel wants “permanent absorption” of the officer for the assembly.
Issuing notice to Centre, the bureaucrat and Delhi government HC gave them time to report back by January 17 even as the Centre assured the court it won’t insist on repatriation till the next date of hearing.