Delhi HC defers hearing of PIL on politicians in public posts, Legal News, ET LegalWorld – Legal Firms


NEW DELHI: Delhi high court on Friday deferred hearing on a PIL seeking removal of people who continue to hold positions in political parties while heading PSUs and other statutory bodies.

The court pointed out that there are “better issues” for filing a PIL and told the petitioner lawyer to “do some more research” on her plea in the meantime. The court posted the matter for January 17. “There are better issues… People are not getting jobs, people are not getting proper treatment, I can understand that matter, but this,” a bench of Chief Justice S C Sharma and justice Subramonium Prasad told the petitioner lawyer Sonali Tiwari.

“Do some more research then we will hear you,” the bench added, while wondering if there is any bar in law on politicians holding government positions. Senior advocate Sanjoy Ghose, appearing for the petitioner, contended that persons belonging to political parties should not be appointed as public servants at government posts while they continue to hold important posts in the party.

Citing the example of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who is the chairman of India Tourism Department Corporation and BJP parliamentary board member Iqbal Singh Lalpura, who is the chairperson of National Minorities Commission, the petitioner contended that those occupying “such venerated offices are expected to maintain neutrality and remain impartial”, but holding any kind of official position within a political party negates this very purpose.

The plea also highlighted the appointment of AAP spokesperson Jasmine Shah as the vice-chairman of Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee member Dr Chandrabhan Singh’s appointment as the vice-chairman of the 20-point programme implementation and coordination committee in the state.





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