Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government today retracted from its earlier stance stated before a bench of the High Court that the executive was in the process of shifting 43 officers of doubtful integrity from sensitive to non-sensitive posts.
In an affidavit placed before the division bench of acting chief justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh, the officiating chief secretary submitted that the assurance was made by the additional advocate general inadvertently and no such written assurance was made in the affidavit filed by him on 16 November, 2013.
Distancing the government’s stance from the one made before the bench of Justice Kuldip Singh and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary on 18 November, 2013 the chief secretary let the court know “it is always the effort of the government to avoid posting of such officers in sensitive posts, but since non-sensitive posts are not there in all cadres and hence, it may become unavoidable to post some officers in posts, which cannot strictly be termed as non-sensitive.”
Since the government has sought a recall or modification of the earlier order that had directed the state government to shift 43 officers of doubtful integrity from sensitive to non-sensitive, the court has listed the case for 6 December.
As the earlier court directive was passed by Justice Kuldip Singh and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary bench, “the application to recall/modify the orders will also be placed before the same bench,” the court today ordered.