Published On: Fri, Apr 1st, 2016

Service extension to UP Chief Secretary challenged in High Court

Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court’s Lucknow bench today asked Uttar Pradesh government to produce a copy of the proforma on which the state government sent detailed information about the state Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan to the central government for his service extension.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan, who was to retire on March 31, was given three months extension by the Centre on recommendations of CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan, who was to retire on March 31, was given three months extension by the Centre on recommendations of CM Akhilesh Yadav.

A division bench of Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi and Justice Attau Rahman Masudi gave the order on a petition filed by social activist Nutan Thakur challenging the three-month service extension of Ranjan.

Ranjan, who was to retire on March 31, was given three months extension by the Centre on recommendations of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

The petitioner alleged that IAS Service Rules stipulates extension of service of the Chief Secretary for six months with prior approval of the central government but the retiring officer needs to be of outstanding merit.

Against this, Ranjan was not fulfilling the eligibility for service extension, the petitioner argued.

Advocate General (AG) Vijay Bahadur Singh opposed the petition while rejecting the allegations levelled by the petitioner.

During the hearing, the HC sought the copy of the proforma but it could not be produced.

The court, while listing the matter on April 8, directed the state government to produce the same by the next date.

PTI

About the Author