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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 1:42 AM (IST)

HC notice to Special Secretary on non-compliance of order

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 20

Special Secretary, Finance, Rajat Aggarwal, is in the contempt loop in a case pertaining to the regularisation of employees. The Punjab and Haryana High Court today put him on notice to show cause why contempt proceedings be not initiated against him for non-compliance of an earlier order.

The direction came on a bunch of petitions filed against Punjab and other respondents by Balbir Singh and other petitioners. The matter involves regularisation of employees of Punjab Information and Communication Technology Educational Society.

Appearing for petitioners, senior advocate DS Patwalia had earlier pointed out that a meeting was held on November 6, 2011, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister with regard to regularisation of the services of non-teaching staff of PICTES. A decision was taken by the government to extend the benefit of regularisation to the non-teaching staff, as granted to the teaching staff of Punjab Information and Communication Technology Educational Society.

As such, the non-grant of approval by the Finance Department was not only unjustified but also contemptuous.

Taking up the matter on March 6, Justice Jaswant Singh had asserted that it was, perhaps, the reason why the court under the circumstances had vide order dated April 27, 2016, directed the filing of an additional affidavit to explain why 66 of the left-out non-teaching staff could not be regularised.

At that time, the state counsel had prayed for a last opportunity to file required affidavit of the Secretary concerned within two weeks. As the case came up for resumed hearing, Justice Jaswant Singh observed the affidavit dated March 22 filed by Rajat Aggarwal, Special Secretary, Finance, did not fulfil the requirement of the order dated April 27, 2016, supplemented by order dated March 6, 2017, “in spite of there being no ambiguity in the order”.

Fixing the case for hearing on a date in August for further consideration, Justice Jaswant Singh asserted: “Let notice be issued to Rajat Aggarwal, Special Secretary, Finance, for the date fixed to show cause as to why contempt proceedings be not initiated against him, for the non-compliance of order dated March 6.

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