High Court reserves judgment on Parliamentary Secretaries case

Gangtok, 23 Aug:

The High Court of Sikkim today heard the two writ petitions challenging the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries by the state government following which it has reserved the judgment.

During the hearing today, the petitioners sought permission to confine the challenge to the constitutionality of the Sikkim Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2010 and other consequential Notifications in the petition.

The petitioners also sought permission to withdraw challenge to the provisions of other Acts, namely, the Sikkim State Legislators’ Appointment to Different Authorities Act, 2006, Section 3A(bb) of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Members (Removal of Disqualifications) Amendment Act, 2006, and other consequential related Notifications.

"The petitioners are permitted to withdraw the challenge to the aforestated statutory provisions reserving liberty to them to agitate the same in an appropriate Petition afresh, if so advised, in accordance with law," the court said following which it heard arguments on the issue on constitutional validity of the Act in question.

After hearing the arguments on the issue of constitutional validity of the Sikkim Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2010 that allowed appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries, the High Court has reserved the judgment.