HP High Court Continues Hearing on Petition Challenging CPS Appointments

HP High Court Continues Hearing on Petition Challenging CPS Appointments

The HP High Court has scheduled a petition challenging the appointment of Chief Parliamentary Secretaries (CPSs) for further hearing on May 27.

Justices Vivek Singh Thakur and Bipin Chander Negi, constituting the Division Bench, are diligently conducting the proceedings on a day-to-day basis. Following three consecutive days of hearing the state government's arguments until May 22, the court has now slated the petitioners' rebuttal arguments for May 27.

Today, Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave presented the state government's case virtually before the court, asserting that the appointment of the CPSs aligned with the provisions of the State Act passed by the Legislative Assembly. He urged the court to dismiss the petition.

In defense of its position, the state government has enlisted the expertise of two Senior Advocates, Dushyant Dave and Vivek Tankha. On the other side, Senior Advocates Maninder Singh and Ankush Dass Sood are representing the petitioners.

Una MLA Satpal Singh Satti and 11 other BJP MLAs had filed a petition in the high court alleging therein that no post of CPS existed in the Constitution or under any statue or Act passed by Parliament.

The petitioners contended that the state government had appointed six MLAs, namely Sanjay Awasthi (Arki), Sundar Singh Thakur (Kullu), Ram Kumar (Doon), Mohan Lal Brakta (Rohru), Ashish Butail (Palampur) and Kishori Lal (Baijnath) as CPS against the mandate of the Constitution.

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