New Delhi: The Supreme Court has sought reply within two weeks from the Central government, Uttar Pradesh government, Shashank Shekhar Singh and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) over the appointment of Shashank Shekhar Singh as the Cabinet Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh.

Harish Chandra Pandey had challenged the appointment of Singh as the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Secretary by filing a petition in the Apex Court.

Hearing the petition, the SC had sought reply from the Centre, UP government, UPSC and Shashank Shekhar Singh on the issue upon which they did not respond.

Arguing over the petition, Pandey’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “First the hearing date of the issue is fixed, later it is removed from the cause list. It seems that defendant does not want the hearing on the issue as no one bothered to respond.”

Appearing for the state government, advocate Rajkumar Gupta said the state government had already filed the affidavit. He sought two weeks time from the court to file reply.

On his request, the SC directed all the parties to give reply within two weeks and fixed the next date of hearing on November 14.

Significantly, in his petition, Pandey had argued that Shashank is neither IAS nor IPS and therefore, ineligible for the post.

JPN/Bureau