UP govt files affidavit on petition against extension to Chief Secretary

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh government today filed an affidavit before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court along with its recomendation, approval and consequential order for granting extension to Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan, in compliance with the Court’s directive.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan
Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan

The court, after taking it on record, permitted the petitioner’s counsel to file its response, if he so chooses by April 19, the next date of hearing on the matter.

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

The petitioner had claimed that Ranjan’s extension was improper.

Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh appeared for the state government and the petitioner was represented by her counsel Ashok Pandey.

Earlier yesterday, the petition had been opposed on behalf of the respondents – central and the state governments–with their counsel contending that the processing of extension of the services of Ranjan had been carried out in term of Rule 16(1) of All India Service (Death-Cum-Retirement Benifits ) Rules, 1958.