SC notice on appointment of UP Cabinet Secretary

UP resident Harish Pandey filed a petition alleging that Shashank Shekhar Singh not being an IAS has occupied posts held by the cadre for the last twenty years.

New Delhi: The appointment of Shashank Shekhar Singh as Cabinet Secretary of Uttar Pradesh has come under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court on Friday issuing notice to Centre and Mayawati government on a PIL seeking his removal on the ground that he does not belong the IAS cadre.

A bench of justices Cyriac Joseph and T S Thakur sought response from the two governments and Singh within four weeks.

The petition, filed by Uttar Pradesh resident Harish Chandra Pandey, alleged that although he did not belong to the IAS, Singh has occupied posts held by the cadre for the last
twenty years.

"He was initially appointed as a pilot in the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1979 and was promoted as Director of Civil Aviation in 1982. Thereafter, Singh, who is not an IAS, was
posted on various cadre posts of the Indian Administrative Service," it said.

The petition said, such postings have continued over the last twenty years and neither the state government nor the Centre has taken any steps to end the "absolutely illegal
usurpation of office."

The court after hearing his contention issued notice to all the three parties.


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