Nainital High Court has summoned the response from the government and the secretariat on the backdoor appointments made in the Assembly Secretariat. Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Manoj Kumar Tiwari gave the direction while hearing the PIL.
The next hearing of the matter will be on May 1 and the reply has to be filed by the same date. The petitioner has also demanded the High Court to investigate the matter under the supervision of the sitting High Court judge.
Dehradun resident social activist Abhinav Thapar filed a public interest litigation in the High Court saying that apart from making backdoor appointments in the Assembly Secretariat since 2000, corruption and irregularities have also taken place.
In this matter, the government constituted an inquiry committee and canceled the recruitments from the year 2016 till now. It was said that the government has not taken any action in the matter of appointments made from the year 2000 to 2015.
It was also said in the petition that till now all the Speakers and Chief Ministers of the Vidhan Sabha, who were involved in providing jobs to their close ones through the backdoor, are silent in this matter.
The petitioner says that the Government’s mandate of the year 2003, in which ad hoc appointment is prohibited, is in violation of Articles 14, 16 and 187 of the Constitution. Under this article, every citizen has equal rights in government jobs and provision of recruitment according to rules.
Rules of 1974 of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and 2011 of Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly have been violated. The petitioner has demanded from the court that all the appointments from the year 2000 to 2022 should be investigated under the supervision of the present judge of the High Court. Action should be taken against the corrupt.
The petitioner says that the appointments made through backdoor are a fraud on lakhs of unemployed and educated youth of the state.