In a much needed respite to the state government, the Bilspur High Court has dismissed the petition challenging the appointment by government of eleven parliamentary secretaries.
The decision was pronounced by bench of Chief Justice Radhakrishnan and Justice Sharad Gupta.
The Court however, ruled that the parliamentary secretaries would not be able to work as ministers.
The petitions had been filed by Congress leader Mohammed Akbar and RTI activist Rakesh Choubey.
It may be recalled that the last hearing in the case was held on March 16 and arguments in the case had been completed back in February 2 itself.
The issue could have created difficulties for the state government with regards to the number of MLAs it had in the assembly.
Similar issue in Delhi had created quite a stir and had gained international level interest.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has reacted to the verdict and said that court’s decision is welcome and that justice indeed has been served.
But Congress Chhattisgarh unit chief Bhupesh Baghel alleged that the state government has kept 11 additional ministers illegally.
He said that had the verdict been adverse, the government of the day could have fallen.>