The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday stayed the policy framed by the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in Haryana to regularise around 20,000 Group B, C and D contractual and ad-hoc employees who had completed three years of service in 2014 ahead of the state assembly elections.
The division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Sudip Ahluwalia, while hearing a bunch of petitions including the one filed by Sonepat resident Yogesh Yadav, also made it clear that services of all those employees who have been regularised under this policy till date would be subject to the final outcome of the pending petitions.
Senior Advocate Anupam Gupta, appearing for the petitioners, had argued that the state government’s policy has resulted into grave injustice for the eligible meritorious candidates who are legitimately waiting for appointments to be made through proper selection procedure. He had further submitted that the state government’s policy to lure the general public is not only illegal but also contemptuous to judgment passed by the larger bench of Supreme Court in ‘State of Karnataka and others vs Uma Devi and others’ in 2006. Next hearing hearing is on October 24.