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INLD denies unanimity over SLP in SC

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) on Friday denied Haryana government claim regarding the unanimity among all political parties about filing Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court about the regularisation of employees.

On 31 May, 2018, the Punjab and Haryana High Court (HC) had quashed four policies framed by the Haryana government in 2014 to regularise the services of contractual and ad hoc employees.

The ruling has implications for 4,654 employees. After the judgment, Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan had gone on record saying that the state government would file an SLP to seek relief for employees affected by the HC judgment.

In a meeting was held on Thursday under the chairmanship of Haryana Advocate General, Mahajan with former Advocate General, Hawa Singh Hooda, representative of INLD, Naresh Singh Shekhawat, Additional Advocate General, Lokesh Singal and Parvinder Chauhan and representatives of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh.

“It was decided unanimously in the meeting that the state government and Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh would file an (SLP) appeal in the Supreme Court against the decision of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Yogesh Tyagi and others Vs Haryana State CWP No. 17208/2014 case regarding regularisation policy,” an official release by Haryana government said on Thursday.

The INLD state president, Ashok Arora, however said at no point during the meeting convened by the Haryana government under the chairmanship of Attorney General, Baldev Raj Mahajan, did the INLD representative concur with the government’s changed stand about the employees affected by the HC order.

The INLD is not even aware as to how and why did the government change its stand from bringing a Bill in the Assembly to regularise those employees to filing a SLP.

“The INLD is consistent in its demand that an adequate Bill be introduced in the Assembly to give relief to all employees affected by the High Court order and no employee should be made to suffer for no fault,” Arora said.

He reiterated that at no point during the meeting did the INLD representative agree with the government’s proposal. Apart from vocally opposing the idea of SLP, Arora suggested that a comprehensive Bill be brought so as to safeguard the interests of employees affected by the adverse High Court judgment.

He added that the claim of the government made through an official press release is mischievous and a distortion of facts. He also asked the government to retract this bogus claim which is contrary to facts and defamatory in nature.