The Hush Post, Chandigarh: In a major relief to Punjab government, Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday put a stay on its single bench order which had set aside the appointment of retired IAS officer, Suresh Kumar as the chief principal secretary (CPS) to chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh. The state government had created a special post for the 1983-batch IAS officer immediately after it took over the reins in March last year. The next hearing has been posted to April 17.
A single bench of the High Court had on January 17 set aside Suresh Kumar’s appointment, terming it unconstitutional. The order was challenged by the Punjab government before a double bench. Suresh Kumar had tendered his resignation after the High Court’s order.
Suresh Kumar’s appointment was challenged by Mohali resident Ramandeep Singh in August 2017, alleging that a public office has been usurped by a retired IAS officer. The petitioner had termed Kumar’ as the ‘de facto CM’ as he was to assume command in the absence of the chief minister. He had also filed a caveat in the court last week.
It is reported that Capt. Amarinder Singh wants Suresh Kumar in his team at any cost, but he has shown his reluctance for the same. The chief minister had even twice visited Kumar at his residence but is unclear as to what transpired during the meet.