Uttarakhand Government Faces Allegations of Violating Supreme Court Order in Chairman Appointments
| IOP Desk - 01 Feb 2024

By Dr. Sonali Mishra

Dehradun, Feb 02, 2024: In a shocking development, anonymous aspirants have accused the Government of Uttrakhand of flouting a crucial Supreme Court judgment by advertising posts of Chairman in State and District Consumer Forums. The potential breach of legal norms has sparked intense scrutiny and could have far-reaching consequences.

The heart of the controversy lies in the recently released advertisement no. 54, dated 19 January 2024, which invited applications for the recruitment of Chairmen in State Consumer Commission and District Consumer Commission. According to the accusers, this advertisement blatantly contravenes the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 3.03.2023, specifically in the case of The Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs vs Dr. Mahindra Bhaskar Limay and Ors.

The landmark judgment, outlined in Civil Appeal No. 831 of 2023, emphasized that appointments for President and Members of the State Commission and District Commission should be merit-based, relying on performance in a written test. Furthermore, it mandated an amendment to the Rules 2020, stipulating a minimum of 10 years of experience for eligibility.

The accusers assert that the Uttrakhand Government and Service Selection Board, by not adhering to the Supreme Court's directives, have potentially violated constitutional principles enshrined in Articles 141 and 144. Any authority failing to comply with Supreme Court directions could be liable for Contempt of Court, as per the precedent set in Sahdev vs. U.O.I. (1991) 1 Supreme Court Cases 605.

In stark contrast to Uttrakhand's approach, other states such as Madhya Pradesh and Telangana have already issued recruitment notifications that align with the Supreme Court's directives. These notifications specify eligibility criteria of a minimum of 10 years of experience in relevant fields.

The Secretary of Uttrakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission is now under intense scrutiny for adopting divergent eligibility conditions, potentially attracting contempt of court charges. The accusers have formally demanded the cancellation of the controversial advertisement and the issuance of a fresh one that complies with the Supreme Court's order within 15 days.

As the controversy unfolds, legal experts are weighing in on the potential implications of the alleged violation, and the government's response is eagerly awaited. This situation is dynamic, and we will continue to provide updates on this significant development. Stay tuned for the latest details as they emerge.


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