New Delhi: Questioning the appointment of
Shashank Shekhar Singh, who is not an IAS officer, as Uttar
Pradesh Cabinet Secretary, the Supreme Court on monday said there
have to be rules and regulations for such crucial postings.
A bench of justices B S Chauhan and T S Thakur said
people like Sam Pitroda, who are having expertise in technical
field, are appointed as adviser but for the posts like that of
cabinet secretary, there have to be proper procedures.
"If someone is an expert in a field like computer and who
has done exceptionally well in his field, like Sam Pitroda,
he can be appointed as adviser but for these posts (Cabinet
Secretary etc), there have to be rules and regulations," the
"How can you pick up someone and appoint him to the post?
There have to be rules and regulations," it said.
The bench made the remarks while hearing a public
interest litigation (PIL) challenging Singh`s appointment as
UP Cabinet Secretary by the Mayawati government and seeking
his removal on the ground that he is not an officer belonging
to the Indian Administrative Service.
The apex court had earlier sought replies of the Centre
and the Mayawati government on the PIL filed by Uttar Pradesh
resident Harish Chandra Pandey.
In his petition, Pandey has said that although Singh did
not belong to the IAS cadre, he has been occupying the post,
which traditionally has been held by the cadre.
"He was initially appointed as a pilot in the government
of Uttar Pradesh in 1979 and was promoted as Director of Civil
Aviation (in the state) in 1982. Thereafter, Singh was posted
on various cadre posts of the Indian Administrative Service,"
the petition has said.
It has said that neither the state government nor the
Centre has taken any step to end the "absolutely illegal
usurpation of office".