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HC sets aside appointment of Chief Principal Secy Suresh Kumar

HC sets aside appointment of Chief Principal Secy Suresh Kumar

Amarinder Singh, in response, directed state Advocate General Atul Nanda to examine the judgment and suggest further legal remedies.

"The Prime Ministers Office has a well-established tradition of over two decades of appointing retired civil servants as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister", said the spokesperson.

Suresh Kumar is considered close to Amarinder Singh and is seen as the most powerful man in the state after him. Mr TKA Nair, who served with Dr Manmohan Singh as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, was a retired IAS officer of 1963 batch of the Punjab cadre.

Similarly, Gujarat and Kerala governments have also appointed retired IAS officers as chief principal secretary to the chief minister, said the spokesperson. The post of chief principal secretary was specially created for the retired IAS officer.

The former chief secretary of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), Calcutta was not keeping well for the past few weeks and died at a private hospital at Amritsar.

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The opposition, especially AAP leader Sukhpal Singh Khaira, was demanding Rana Gurjit Singh's resignation from the Chief Minister after the cabinet minister's name had a year ago allegedly figured in the sand mining auctions.

Punjab Power and Irrigation Minister Rana Gurjit Singh has submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, The Indian Express reported on Tuesday.

On January 5, the Enforcement Directorate had issued summons to the minister's son Rana Inder Partap Singh for raising funds worth Rs 100 crore overseas by floating foreign shares for the family-owned firm Rana Sugars, reportedly without the Reserve Bank of India's permission. "Though, I am not looking after the business, the reply will be given to them (ED)", said Rana Gurjit Singh, who has been considered close to the Chief Minister.

Former Punjab Education Minister and veteran Akali leader Manjit Singh Calcutta breathed his last on Wednesday at the age of 79.


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