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Chhattisgarh HC dismisses petition challenging contractual appointment of retired IAS official

Munaadi Raipur:

In a major relief to Congress led Bhupesh Baghel government, Chhattisgarh high court on Tuesday dismissed the petition challenging the appointment of retired IAS official Alok Shukla on contractual basis in May this year.

The bench of justice Goutam Bhaduri stated that the state government exercised the power of relaxation of rule 17 of Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Contractual Appointment) Rules 2012 for the appointment of retired IAS official, respondent IAS Alok Shukla’s counsel Aayush Bhatia said.

The HC judge stated that the appointment had been made at the advice of the state government and it cannot be questioned, as result of the petition is being dismissed, Bhatia further said.

The retired IAS official Alok Shukla was appointed on contractual basis on May 30, 2020 by the state government. On June 1 this year, he was given additional charges of chairman of Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE), chairman of Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board (CBPEB) and principal secretary in Skill Development, Technical Education and Employment Department of the state.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the petitioner Naresh Chandra Gupta had filed writ petition in the high court challenging the contractual appointment of retired IAS officer Alok Shukla.

The petitioner stated that the retired IAS official Alok Shukla, who was accused in multi-crore PDS scam and was allegedly involved in corruption on the name of distribution of subsidized rice at Rs 1 per kilogram.

The contractual appointment of retired IAS official Alok Shukla is unconstitutional, the petitioner maintained in his petition.

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