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Opp leaders acting like clowns… Rahul should seek cameraman’s job: Nadda on Dhankhar mimicry row


Hitting out at opposition leaders over “mimicry” of Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar in Parliament, BJP national president JP Nadda on Wednesday said people sent them to Parliament to do debate but they are instead acting like  “clowns”.

Asking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to “apply for the job of a cameraman in the studio of BJP MP and Bhojpuri film actor Ravi Kishan”, Nadda said, “Yeh haalat ho gayi hai Congress ki aj kal, ki cameraman ka kaam sambhaal liya hai (the situation of the Congress has become such that he has taken up the job of a cameraman).”

Gandhi was reportedly seen making a video of Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee allegedly mimicking Dhankhar on Tuesday.

Calling it a “sad incident”, Nadda said, “You must have seen what happened in Parliament yesterday. You send leaders to Parliament to do debate, but they are acting like clowns instead of debating and have taken up mimicry.”

Nadda was in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district to participate in the ‘Saansad Khel Mahakumbh’ event along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other leaders.

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Taking a dig at Gandhi, Nadda said, “When an MP was doing mimicry of the Vice President, who was sitting at a constitutional position in Parliament, the Congress leader was making his video. Today, he (Rahul) has taken over the job of cameraman. I met our MP Ravi Kishan ji in Gorakhpur, and he said there is a vacancy for a cameraman in his Bhojpuri studio. If he takes the exam, he can be considered for the post.”

Criticising the Congress, Nadda said, “Indian National Congress, which is said to have over 100-year-old history, makes a video of someone doing mimicry of the Vice-President sitting on the constitutional post. He (Dhankhar) is a leader of backwards and son of a Jat.”

“Rahul Gandhi does not remember OBC at this time. They used to talk of ‘pichchda’. The son of a farmer, the son of Jat, who represents the OBC, is insulted today and is being made fun of. Will India tolerate such people? Should there be any place for such people in politics…this is the condition of Congress,” Nadda said.

Nadda said these leaders give the slogan of “Modi Hatao” while Prime Minister Narendra Modi says “Desh Bachao”, and urged the people to remove such leaders in the 2024 elections and support Modi for development.

Condemning the behaviour of opposition MPs towardsDhankharm, Adityanath in a post on X said, “The unparliamentary, indecent and inexcusable conduct of the opposition towards the honourable vice president and chairman of the Rajya Sabha Jagdeep Dhankhar in the parliament premises is not only undemocratic but also reflects their bad manners.” The CM added, “This act, full of arrogance and hatred towards the people holding constitutional posts, is extremely shameful. I strongly condemn this act which insults parliamentary dignity.”

Later in the day, Nadda participated in a ‘Viksit Bharat Sankalpa Yatra’ event in Gorakhpur along with Adityanath.

In Gorakhpur, Nadda exhorted his party workers to maintain the momentum generated by the party’s victory in recent assembly polls in three states till the Lok Sabha elections slated for early next year.

Addressing party workers in Gorakhpur, he said, “As political workers, we all aspire to win elections, but such opportunities were rare in the past. At that time, winning was like capturing a fortress from which victory seemed unexpected. But under the successful leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP and its workers have changed the game.”

— With PTI Inputs

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Cong launches ‘UP Jodo Yatra’: ‘Bid to connect with people’


On the lines of Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’, the Uttar Pradesh Congress on Wednesday launched ‘UP Jodo Yatra’ in Saharanpur district after party chief Ajay Rai and other leaders offered prayers at the temple of Maa Shakambari Devi.

On the first day, Rai was accompanied by former MP Zafar Ali Naqvi, Imran Masood, who hails from Saharanpur and recently returned to the party fold, Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhna Mishra, former CLP leader Pradeep Mathur and AICC secretaries, among others.

Before the launch of the yatra, Rai said, “This is an attempt to connect with the people, be it farmers, women, youth or traders, who are troubled by the lackadaisical attitude of the government. During our journey to Lucknow from western UP, we will raise the issues concerning farmers, the plight of youth and traders, and also how BJP safeguards those who indulge in crimes against women.”

Alleging that the BJP government has created distance between the people, Rai said the aim of the Congress’ ‘UP Jodo Yatra’ is to connect the people of the state.

After starting in Saharanpur, the yatra covered Behat before concluding for the day at Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Chowk under the Gangoh Nagar Palika.

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Addressing a gathering in Gangoh, Rai said, “The BJP government has turned a deaf ear to the problems of farmers, and thus, will be uprooted in 2024.”

Rai also raised the issues of sugarcane farmers and said, “Sugarcane farmers are unable to get the price for their crops. Besides, BJP gives tickets to ‘balatkaris’, there are no opportunities for employment, and the prices of petrol and cooking gas are soaring high.”

“If we continue to get the support of the people, then we throw the BJP government in 2024,” Rai said. Rai said the yatra has drawn inspiration from Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Jodo yatra’ and would end at Shaheed Smarak in Lucknow. Sources said the yatra is likely to end by January 12.

According to leaders, they have invited both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi to participate in the yatra at some point.

On Thursday, the yatra will resume in Deoband and move towards Muzaffarnagar.

The Congress leader said over 300 party leaders will take part in this 18-day yatra.

Rai further said the local workers of the districts through which this yatra will pass will also join it.

“Street meetings will also be held at 161 places during this yatra. During this, the Congress workers will meet the common people and know about their problems. We will also put forward the views of the Congress Party before the public,” he said.

“Congress will reach out among the people and call upon them to join the yatra,” he added.

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New excise policy: In grain alcohol push, govt aims at more revenue


WITH THE implementation of the new excise policy, the prices of country-made liquor in Uttar Pradesh would come down and the government’s revenue is expected to increase, officials said on Wednesday.

State Excise Commissioner Senthil Pandian C said a number of categories of country-made liquor in the state had been done away with and only four remain. “Earlier, these were nine categories of country made liquor and the prices of these were also different. The biggest reason for reducing the prices is to promote grain alcohol in UP. Due to this, the state’s dependence on other states has ended and the revenue is also increasing,” Pandian was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government on Wednesday.

According to Pandian, “The government is promoting grain liquor instead of molasses liquor as grain alcohol is considered to be of the highest quality throughout the world”. “Earlier, we had to import grain alcohol from states such as Punjab and Haryana, whereas now it is being manufactured in UP. Thus, import duty is being saved. Good & Services Tax (GST) is also reduced. And with licence fee fixed at Rs 254 per bulk litre, the government’s revenue will increase”, he said.

“Apart from this, by increasing the minimum guarantee quota and minimum guarantee revenue by 10 per cent, the target in 2024-25 is to achieve more than Rs 50,000 crore in revenue,” he informed. “Despite this, there will be no increase in the rate of liquor, rather the price of grain alcohol and 42.8 degree liquor of UPML, which was earlier available at Rs 90, will come down to Rs 85,” he said.

“Also, 36 degree liquor has been added as a new category in Uttar Pradesh Made Liquor (UPML) the price of which has been kept at Rs 75. Apart from this, liquor containing molasses have also been kept in only two categories. In this, the price of 25 degree has been kept at Rs 50 and the price of 36 degree has been kept at Rs 70. There has been no change in their rates. Along with this, for the first time, UPML’s liquor will be made available in glass as well as tetra pack,” added Pandian.

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He said that to increase the revenue, for the first time the government has introduced franchise fee, so that top brands from across the world can establish franchises with the distilleries of UP.

“If the demand for any brand increases in the state and the capacity of the distilleries is exhausted, then for one year they will be allowed to increase bottling by purchasing liquor from outside with double the licence fee. This will not only increase the revenue of the state, bottlers/distillers will also not have to worry about setting up a new distillery. Beer export fee has also been reduced by 50 paise a litre, so that Uttar Pradesh can be put in a stronger position in terms of beer export,” he said.

Permit rooms proposed

The new excise policy also includes provisions for permission to develop a space of 100 square ft near beer shops as “permit rooms”, where people will be allowed to drink. “There will be an annual fee of Rs 5,000 for obtaining this permission. The biggest advantage of permit rooms will be that chilled beer will be available near beer shops. This will prevent inconvenience caused to people due to drinking on streets,” said an official.

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Delhi Police team detains Jalaun man in Parliament breach probe


THE DELHI Police have picked up a 53-year-old man from near his residence in Orai area of Jalaun in connection with its probe into the Parliament security breach case, sources said on Wednesday.

The Jalaun police identified the accused as Atul Kulshrestha. They said it is suspected that Kulshrestha is a member of a “Bhagat Singh fan page” on social media that other accused in the case had also joined.

Jalaun Superintendent of Police Iraj Raja confirmed that Kulshrestha was picked up by the Delhi Police but did not divulge more details.

Sources said that the Delhi police also seized Kulshrestha’s phone. Kulshrestha, a farmer who does odd jobs for a living, has four children, said a police officer.

As many as six persons, including Lucknow resident Sagar Sharma, have till date been arrested in connection with the security breach that took place on December 13.

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Gujarat confidential: Who Pays the Fine?


The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has asked its staff to “use their mind” while issuing challans to those spitting in public places. The direction was prompted by a recent incident. After its CCTV surveillance network caught a passenger aboard a Gujarat State Road Transport bus (GSRTC) bus spitting, the civic body issued a challan some time ago. But the GSRTC staff refused to pay a fine of Rs 250, saying they can’t be held responsible for something done by passengers and that they can’t keep an eye on such activities.

Stormy Scenes

The General board meeting of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) witnessed stormy scenes on Tuesday. Former mayor Nilesh Rathod sought an apology on the floor from former BJP leader Alpesh Limbachiya, who was arrested by the Vadodara crime branch on July 24 for his alleged involvement in the distribution of an anonymous letter defaming Rathod during his term as the mayor. Rathod accused Limbachiya — a corporator from Ward 17, to which Rathod also belongs — of being unable to prove the allegations made against him of corruption and favouring realtors. A heated argument ensued as Limbachiya refused to accept the insinuation stating that he had not been proven guilty. Rathod then demanded Limbachiya’s resignation on moral grounds, which the former BJP leader, who was suspended after his arrest, refused. The Vadodara Detection of Crime Branch had arrested Limbachiya and two others, including his brother-in-law for allegedly printing and distributing an anonymous letter against Rathod in June.

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25 nations to be partner countries for Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit


Twenty-five nations have agreed to be partner countries for the 10th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS) next month, spokesperson of the state government and senior cabinet minister Rushikesh Patel said on Wednesday.

While briefing reporters in Gandhinagar about the VGGS preparations so far, the minister said: “Twenty-five countries have given their consent to join VGGS as partners — 21 have given in writing and four have consented orally”. He added that more countries are likely to join the summit as partner countries.  The annual summit is scheduled to be held between January 10 and January 12.

Twenty-one countries that have given their consent in writing are Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Poland, and Tanzania. The countries that have given oral consent are Kazakhstan, Russia, Yuganda, and Saudi Arabia.

With this, Patel also said that the state government has got written consent on the attendance of two heads of states. Whereas, three heads of states have orally confirmed their attendance for the VGGS.

As part of the preparations of VGGS, Patel said, roadshows were conducted in 11 countries. In India, roadshows are planned in 10 cities. Also, 12 pre-summit seminars have already been organised and three will be held in the coming days. “Roadshows have also been organised in ten major cities of the country. Another roadshow will be held in Hyderabad on December 22,” Patel said.

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So far, 2774 MoUs have been signed with possible investment intentions of Rs 3.37 lakh crore, expected to generate 10.91 lakh employment opportunities. The minister added that to date 75,000 delegates of 72 countries have themselves registered.

As many as 47 MOUs expressing investment intention of Rs 1.56 lakh crore were signed on Wednesday, expecting to generate more than 7.59 lakh employment opportunities, officials said. The industries covered by the Memorandums of Understanding signed on Wednesday in the presence of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel are likely to commence operations between 2023 and 2028.

They will be strategically located in various districts, including Kutch, Bharuch, Kheda, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Amreli, Vadodara, Surat, Panchmahal, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar, Dang, Navsari, and Rajkot, officials added.  These industries encompassed sectors such as engineering, auto industries, mineral-based projects, industrial parks, textiles and apparel, education, health, and agro and food processing,  Rushikesh Patel told reporters. With PTI

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Next year, India’s longest steel slag road to come up near Surat Diamond Bourse


India’s longest steel slag road is set to come up near the newly inaugurated Surat Diamond Bourse at Khajod by next year, officials said on Wednesday.  Last year, Surat got the country’s first steel slag road at Hazira. Made from industrial waste, such roads are cheaper to construct and are said to be more durable.

A team of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI) on Wednesday visited Surat to review the site where the 8-km-long and 8-lane steel slag road is being constructed.  The construction is being undertaken by Ramera Buildcon Pvt. Ltd, and Shree Manglam Buildcon (i) Private Limited.

Ramera Buildcon director Piyush Patel said, “We got a contract from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) last year and we started work in April 2022. So far, we have completed over 30 per cent of the work and over 60,000 tonnes of steel slag aggregates have been used. We are hopeful to complete the project by the middle of next year. Around four tonnes of steel slag from ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel will be used on this road.”

Principal Scientist of CSIR-CRRI Satish Pandey said, “The first-ever steel slag road of one km in the country was launched in Surat last year. More than 1 lakh tonne of steel slag was used.  Near the Surat Diamond Bourse, the country’s longest steel slag road of 8 km is coming up. Apart from Gujarat, we have constructed such roads of one km each in Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand.” Surat Diamond Bourse was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. It has been labelled as the world’s largest office space building, ahead of  Pentagon in the United States.

“In the coming days, such steel slag roads will be made in Andhra Pradesh. In normal roads, a combination of 95 per cent of aggregates and 5 per cent bitumen is used which would be replaced by 95 percent steel slag. Annually, around 19 million metric tonnes of steel slag is produced by different steel companies across the country and the usage of such steel slag roads will also replace the natural aggregates. It will also reduce air pollution emitted by steel slag.” Pandey further added, “In comparison to normal highways, the ones made out of steel slag are 30 per cent less thick because of better material characteristics. The construction costs of such steel slag roads are also around 30 per cent lesser.”

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Head of Human Resources Industrial Relation and Administration of India Anil Matoo said, “Our plant has 10 MTPA capacity of steel production. Steel slag is known to be a replacement for natural aggregate for road making and construction.  AMNSI has taken the initiative to build India’s first all-steel slag road using 100 per cent processed steel slag in all layers of the road under the technological guidance and supervision of senior scientists from CSIR-CRRI during the entire process of construction.  We are selling the steel slag to the contractors, and it is utilised for the right cause  as it benefits the environment.”

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GETCO recruitment process for over 1,200 posts cancelled


The state government has cancelled the recruitment process of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) for over 1,200 vidhyut sahayak posts (electrical assistant), Gujarat Minister of Higher & Technical Education Rushikesh Patel said on Wednesday.

The state took the decision after finding substance in complaints of “irregularities, difficulties and deficiencies”, he added.

Patel was replying to a question during a media briefing on the weekly cabinet meeting in Gandhinagar on the cancellation of the exam.

“We got complaints of irregularities, difficulties, and deficiencies in the pole test. Based on the complaints, an inquiry committee was appointed and it was found that there was some substance in it. And to ensure that meritorious candidates suffer no damage, we cancelled the examination and it will be taken (afresh) now,” he said.

Patel, who is also the spokesperson of the state government and holds other portfolios, added that only the candidates who appeared in the cancelled examination will be eligible to appear in the fresh recruitment process.

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He also said that those found responsible for the cancellation will face action.

Over 5,000 candidates appeared for the GETCO examination in two parts; the pole test and the written examination. The pole test was conducted by various circles of GETCO between March 6 and March 13. The pole test checks a candidate’s efficiency in climbing up and climbing down an electricity pole. Whereas, the written examination was conducted on September 9.

The candidates were expecting to get their appointment letters. However, on December 19, GETCO announced the cancellation of the recruitment process, while adding that a fresh process would start soon.

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Sarpanch fails to appear before dist official, set to be issued showcause notice again


Sarpanch Dharmendra-sinh Zala, on the run after being booked for allegedly setting up illegal toll booths on National Highway 8A in his village of Vaghasia in Morbi, has failed to appear before the district development officer in connection with a showcause notice issued against him.

Dharmendrasinh, his elder brother Yuvarajsinh and three others were booked by Wankaner town police on December 4 for allegedly setting up an illegal toll booth in the Nava Vaghasia locality of Vaghasia – west of NHAI’s toll plaza on NH 8A – and another one on the premises of the defunct White House Tiles Private Limited (WHTPL) factory, east of the toll plaza.

Amarshi Patel alias Amarshi Vansjaliya, son of prominent Patidar leader Jeram Vansjaliya, was also named in the FIR registered under sections 384 (extortion), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 320 (causing grievous hurt by doing an act so rashly and negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others), 506(2) (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intent) of the Indian Penal Code.

Dharmendrasinh’s wife Varshaba is a BJP member of the Wankaner taluka panchayat. She was president of the taluka panchayat till September. His father Bahadursinh Zala, who died last year, had served as Vaghasia sarpanch for 20 years.

A day after Dharmendrasinh was booked, the taluka development officer had reported the matter to district development officer (DDO) D D Jadeja. Jadeja served a notice on the 38-year-old politician on December 6, asking why he should not be suspended under Section 59(1) of the Gujarat Panchayat Act, 1993. The notice asked the sarpanch to remain present in the DDO office on December 19 for a hearing. However, Dharmendrasinh did not turn up.

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Section 59(1) empowers a DDO to suspend a village sarpanch “against whom any criminal proceedings in respect of an offence involving moral turpitude have been instituted”.

“He is wanted by the police. So, he did not turn up for the in-person hearing,” Jadeja said. “He becomes liable to be suspended as sarpanch following the registration of a criminal offence against him. But as per the principle of natural justice and directions of various courts, we have to give a hearing to the sarpanch before taking action. Therefore, we will serve him one more showcause notice in the coming days.”

“We had provided the sarpanch a copy of the FIR as well as the report submitted by the Wankaner taluka development officer and asked him to make submissions with relevant documents. But he failed to appear at the appointed time,” Jadeja further said.

Dharmendrasinh was elected sarpanch in December 2021. According to the FIR, he and the other accused had forced NH 8A commuters to take metal roads passing through Nava Vaghasia and WHTPL and “extorted” money from them at toll booths set up on metal roads. In the process, they deprived the NHAI’s Vaghasia toll plaza of its toll revenue.

All the five accused have been on the run since the case was registered. Dharmendrasinh and Yuvrajsinh had moved the Morbi district and sessions court last week seeking anticipatory bail. The court denied their pleas on Friday.

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Punjab and Haryana High Court directs Haryana to accept its recommendations on promoting judicial officers


The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday directed the state of Haryana to “take positive action” and accept the court’s recommendation on appointing 13 judicial officers as additional district and sessions judges in the state, “within a period of two weeks from today”.

The high court had made the recommendation on February 23, 2023, and the Haryana government had refused to accept it on September 12.

On Wednesday, a division bench of Justice G S Sandhawalia and Justice Lapita Banerji also ordered that the judicial officers will be entitled to Rs 50,000 each as costs, to be paid by the state, for unnecessarily delaying their promotion and denying them their legitimate right to work on a higher post.

The high court was hearing a petition filed by judicial officer Shikha and other petitioners, who are civil judges (senior division) or chief judicial magistrates in Haryana, who sought quashing of the letter dated September 12, 2023, whereby the state refused to accept the high court’s recommendations. The judicial officers who were not recommended for promotion by the high court also filed a petition challenging the court’s recommendations.

On being issued notice, the Haryana government had opted to take a legal opinion from the Union Ministry of Law and Justice. The rejection was made on the basis of the opinion, on the ground that it was binding upon the state government and the state was not bound to accept the high court’s recommendations.

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Further, a fallback was made on Article 233 of the Constitution and Rule 6(1) (a) of the 2007 Rules to hold that the high court was acting arbitrarily in giving its opinion to the governor, and the settled procedure under Article 233 read with Article 309 of the Constitution had not been duly followed while sending the names to the government for promotion.

The bench, on hearing the matter at length, observed that it is the case of the State itself as pleaded in the written statement that having received the high court letter dated March 22, 2023, it had received the letter from advocate Prem Pal on March 31, 2023. Lal raised the objection for the first time that the requirement of 50 per cent marks in the viva voce was not communicated to the candidates, the high court was not competent to fix the minimum cut-off vide its own resolution, the cut-off on the basis of an internal resolution was thus stated to be an illegal and arbitrary act and, therefore, the state government must intervene to stop the injustice.

The high court said that admittedly, the State with great alacrity acted on the said letter, instead of getting back to the high court to consult with it on the 50 per cent cut-off criteria.

On the State of Haryana taking opinion from the central government, the high court bench said, “…The State chose not to get back to the High Court at any point in time…after consulting the Union of India, the State has decided not to accept the recommendations and asked for sending revised recommendations by taking the plea that a modified criteria had been adopted by the High Court without consulting the State Government as per internal resolution dated 30.11.2021 and, therefore, it did not bind the State Government. Uncharitable remarks were also made regarding the High Court acting arbitrarily and that there was a betrayal of trust…”

The Bench further said, “…the whole process was sought to be de-railed on account of a representation filed by a third party element being a district court lawyer who was pushing a certain set of candidates in his objection raised to the State and who had no locus-standi in the matter but the State proceeded to act on the same and went on to consult the Union of India without getting back to the High Court…”.

The bench added that by introducing a “third private party”, “the State has done extreme violence to the selection process and de-railed the same…and the justice delivery system in the State of Haryana has been set back and badly impacted and continues to suffer on account of the fact that the state government showed its proactivity in a case where it was not required and rather than permitting the officers who had been duly recommended, it has apparently sought to push the case of the non-meritorious candidates in spite of the fact that the rule provides otherwise…”.

“The action of the state government on seeking legal opinion of third party is not justified,” the bench asserted.

Citing a Supreme Court judgment in Chandramouleshwar Prasad (supra), the division bench said, “The state government was not within its right to take a different decision and overrule the recommendation of this court on the basis of a meddlesome interloper namely Prem Pal, Advocate who was in no way connected remotely with the selection process.”

The high court also pointed out in the judgment that “another interesting fact which is to be noticed that the unselected candidates had never challenged the said recommendations initially at any stage. Only when the state government rejected the case of the recommended candidates on September 12, 2023 after passing the interim order on September 6, 2023, they chose to challenge the resolution of the full court”.

The decision of the full court cannot be wished away at the hands of the non-recommendees, especially more so when it had been done much before the selection process which was set in motion only on August 24, 2022 for both the states, the high court observed.

The bench further held that it is the duty of the state government to accept the recommendations and to ensure there is no erosion of public interest in the judicial system and it is for the high court to step in and uphold the sanctity of the judiciary and ensure that the delivery system is not adversely affected.

“The letter of Prem Pal is a classic example showing how one of the judicial officer’s case is being vouched apparently for the purposes of seeking promotion which the high court had denied to him. It is in such circumstances being primarily entrusted with the judicial administration in the State and for efficient and due discharge of its responsibilities, the high court had acted to have proper officers in places being the best judge of its requirements,” the bench observed in the order.

Calling it “disastrous” in the context that one of the states has already accepted the said recommendations and 13 judicial officers have already been promoted to the said post in Punjab, the bench added that “to permit the State of Haryana to the contrary would open a pandora box for the high court which has jurisdiction over two states and was striving to follow a unified policy”.

HC highlights pendency of cases in Haryana

The Punjab and Haryana High Court bench said that it is a matter of record that Haryana’s inaction in holding back its recommendations has led to an increase in the pendency of cases before the additional district judges in the state from March to December 2023.

Currently, as per figures pointed out by the high court counsel, 2,80,287 cases are pending before the superior judicial courts in Haryana. “It has also been brought to our notice that the pendency in the State of Punjab has gone down since the said State accepted the recommendations of the high court and effectively had put the officers in place by April 2023,” the bench added.

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