Apex court dismisses PIL against top Uttar Pradesh bureaucrat

July 22nd, 2011 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court Friday dismissed a PIL moved against the appointment of Shashank Shekhar Singh as cabinet secretary of Uttar Pradesh.

The apex court’s order came on the ground that the same issue was already pending before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The PIL had questioned Singh’s appointment to the post which he occupied in 2007, on the plea that he neither belonged to the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS) nor the Provincial Civil Service (PCS).

In its counter-affidavit, the state government mentioned that Singh was currently working as Cabinet Secretary on an extension after having superannuated a couple of months back.

The affidavit also sought to point out that the officer had an unblemished career extending from the Indian Army to the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The affidavit pointed out that Singh’s experience in the state bureaucracy was clearly far reaching despite the fact that he neither belonged to the IAS nor the Provincial Civil Service.

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