Let LG decide if he wants to review his order repatriating bureaucrat: HC

New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday said let the Lt Governor decide if he wants to review the order of repatriating the assembly secretary.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva told the Delhi government that he has left it on Lt Governor Anil Baijal to decide whether or not to review the order.

Sachdeva said if Baijal decides not to review it, the court will decide it.

The court was hearing a plea of Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel challenging the then Lt Governor Najeeb Jung’s order repatriating the Delhi Assembly Secretary Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara, an officer belonging to Newsreader-cum-Translator (Telugu) cadre to All India Radio (AIR), its parent organisation.

Goel, however, had refused to relieve the officer saying his decision was solely aimed at “upholding the Constitution”.

The Speaker had sought his extension for another two years, but AIR turned it down and, thereafter, the Lt Governor ordered his repatriation.

The court was told that discussion between Goel and the Director General AIR, over posting of Suryadevara, failed to resolve the impasse.

Suryadevara has served in the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker for five years and that of the Rajya Sabha Chairman for over six years.

He was appointed to the post of Delhi Assembly Secretary in July 2015 for a year, on expiry of which AIR had directed him to return.

The court posted the matter for February 2.