The Uttarakhand High Court has upheld the order of the Speaker revoking 228 ad-hoc appointments in the state assembly secretariat.
A division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe on Thursday quashed the order of a single-bench to reinstate the dismissed ad-hoc employees and upheld Speaker Ritu Khanduri’s order in this regard. The state assembly secretariat had filed a special appeal before the division bench challenging the single-bench order. The court said the order of dismissal cannot be stayed. On behalf of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat, it was said that these appointments were made on a temporary basis and their services can be terminated at any time without notice, as per the rules of their services.
The high court on Thursday heard the special appeals filed by the Vidhan Sabha challenging the single-bench’s order of reinstatement of the employees dismissed from the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Secretariat. Some of the dismissed employees had challenged the Speaker’ order before a single- bench of the high court earlier, saying their sacking was violative of Article 14 of the Constitution. Commenting on the division bench’s order, Speaker Ritu Khanduri said it was a victory of justice.
The ad-hoc appointments had been revoked by the Speaker on the recommendation of a probe panel of experts following allegations that they had been made through the ”back door”.