HC accepts for hearing another petition challenging contractual appointment of Dr Alok Shukla

HC accepts for hearing another petition challenging contractual appointment of Dr Alok Shukla

Raipur: Chhattisgarh High Court has accepted for hearing a petition challenging the earlier High Court’s decision on contractual appointment of Dr Alok Shukla after his retirement.

Senior BJP leader Naresh Chandra Gupta has once again moved the High Court challenging the decision of the Court dismissing a plea challenging the contractual appointment of Alok Shukla. While hearing the matter, the single bench of Justice Goutam Bhaduri stated that the government exercised the power of relaxation of rule 17 of Chhattisgarh Civil Services (Contractual Appointment) Rules 2012 for appointing Shukla.

The division bench comprising of Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice Gautam Chowdarya has accepted for hearing the petition and issued notice to state government seeking reply in this regard. The next hearing of the case is expected in the last week of November. It has been said that the hearing in this case will start after the physical court starts.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Naresh Chandra Gupta had earlier filed a petition before the High Court stating that the contractual appointment of Dr Alok Shukla by the state government is against the rules. It was stated that Shukla's name is included in the much-publicized Nan scam, due to which his reappointment is unconstitutional. According to the relevant rules, if any departmental or other investigation is pending against the retiring officer, then post retirement contract appointment cannot be given to that officer. The High Court dismissed the petition stating that his contractual appointment was done following all the rules.