STATE OF PUNJAB & ANR. Vs. BRIJESHWAR SINGH CHAHAL & ANR.
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA (FROM: PUNJAB & HARYANA)
State Of Punjab And Anr.
Brijeshwar Singh Chahal And Anr.
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(1.) Leave granted.
(2.) This appeal and the accompanying transferred petition raise a question of considerable public importance. The
question precisely is whether appointment of law officers by
the State Governments can be questioned or the process by
which such appointments are made, can be assailed on the
ground that the same are arbitrary, hence, violative of the
provisions of Article 14 of the Constitution of India. Before
we advert to the juristic dimensions of that question, we
may briefly set out the factual backdrop in which the same
falls for our consideration.
(3.) Petitioner No.1 to the writ petition was initially appointed as an Assistant Advocate General in terms of an
order dated 23rd April, 2002. The appointment was on
contractual basis valid upto 31st March, 2003, but the same
was continued by an order dated 19th July 2003 upto 31st
March, 2004. He was four years later appointed as Deputy
Advocate General in the pay scale of Rs.18,40022,400/ - by
an order dated 11th January, 2008. His tenure was later
extended upto the year 2011 -2012 in terms of a memo
dated 19th April, 2011.;
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