New Delhi: The ongoing selection process for additional secretaries in various departments of the Law and Justice Ministry has come under cloud with the CAT making its outcome subject to its verdict on a plea alleging breach of rules in the selection exercise.
The Central Administrative Tribunal subjected the outcome of the selection process to its verdict on a plea against it, saying, "In-depth questions of law are involved in this case.
"After hearing the counsel for applicant and perusing the entire facts of the case, we are of the opinion that there are in-depth questions of law involved in this case and it will be just and appropriate to adjudicate the matter...," said a bench of CAT's Acting Chairman S C Sharma and Member Ramesh Chandra Panda.
While making crucial observations, the CAT also said "the result of the selection shall be subject to the ultimate outcome of the Original Application (OA plea)" against the breach of rules and procedures in the selection process.
The bench made the observation, while admitting a common plea by a joint secretary-level officer of the Law Ministry and the association of Indian Legal Service officers, who man crucial posts of the law ministry's various departments, including the Legislative Department, Legal Affair Department, the Law Commission etc.
The common plea, filed by the Legislative Department's Joint Secretary-cum-Legislative Counsel P B Singh and the ILS officers' association, alleged that a selection-cum-search committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary had held a "farcical personal interview/interaction to pick and choose persons by inviting the joint secretaries of the ministry" on March 12 this year.