A MOHALI advocate has challenged the cabinet minister status given to Haryana Advocate General (A-G) Baldev Raj Mahajan and minister of state status to BJP chief whip and Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta before the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Advocate Jagmohan Singh Bhatti, in his petition filed in the High Court registry Tuesday, has submitted that the strength of Haryana cabinet has gone above the constitutional cap of 15 per cent of the total MLAs.
He has submitted that the total strength of the ministers in Haryana, including the Chief Minister, cannot exceed 14 as per the 91st amendment of the Constitution of India – limiting the cabinet to 15 per cent of the total MLAs.
But with a view to circumvent the mandatory constitutional amendment, the Chief Minister apparently out of political compulsions, has appointed four Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and has given the status of cabinet minister to the A-G and the minister of state status to BJP chief whip.
Advocate Bhatti’s petitions challenging appointment of four CPSes by Manohar Lal Khattar led BJP government on July 23 last year and induction of three new ministers on July 22 are pending before the High Court. These include CPSes namely Shyam Singh Rana, Bakhshish Singh Virk, Seema Trikha and Dr Kamal Gupta. The newly inducted ministers are Faridabad MLA Vipul Goyal (Cabinet rank), Rohtak MLA Munish Grover and Bawal MLA Banwari Lal (ministers of state with independent charge). The case will come up for hearing on September 8.