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Court notices to CBIP, Union Government

Staff Reporter

Plea to quash appointment of the Board's Secretary The petitioner has also urged the Court to direct the CBI to investigate fraudulent practices of the Board

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP), its Secretary, G.N. Mathur, the Chairman of the Central Electricity Authority, the Union Government and others on a petition seeking quashing of the appointment of the Secretary.

The petitioner, Staff Welfare Association of CBIP, through its counsel, Prashant Bhushan, also sought a direction to the president of the Board to appoint an in-service officer as Secretary.

Taking a note of the petition, a Division Bench comprising Justice B.A. Khan and Justice Madan B. Lokur directed the respondents to file replies to the petition by September 30.

The petitioner also urged the Court to direct the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate in a time bound manner alleged fraudulent practices of various respondents and officials of the Board leading to their employment in it.

The Staff Welfare Association further stated that the Court should issue directions for convening of the General Body and the Executive Committee of the Board regularly as prescribed under its Rules & Regulations.

Prescribed procedures

The petitioner alleged that this "illegally appointed'' Secretary had been depleting the funds of the Board recklessly and had appointed people to several posts of the Board without following the prescribed procedures.

Being an autonomous body of the Union Government, it was funded entirely by the Government and public by way of membership fee and contributions from Electricity Boards and Irrigation Departments of the State Governments and power utilities of the Centre, the petition said.

Therefore, it was in public interest that the Board's funds were spent as per actual requirements and under the check from the Executive Committee of the Board, the petition stated.

The petitioner further alleged that Mr. Mathur was appointed as Secretary of the Board on the very next day of his retirement and that the appointment had been finalised much before his superannuation.

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