ITANAGAR, July 27: The parliamentary secretaries in Arunachal Pradesh will have to lose their posts, as the Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court has declared the Arunachal Pradesh Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2007 as ‘unconstitutional’.
The bench comprising Justice Monojit Bhuyan and Justice Rumi Kumari Phukon on July 25 while closing a PIL filed by one Kyoda Ram, pronounced the Act as ‘Unconstitutional’ in line with the Supreme Court judgement of July 27, 2017 on the Assam matter of appointing parliamentary secretaries.
“Parties are agreed that in view of the decision of the Supreme Court, the PIL does not survive for further consideration,” the judges stated while giving their verdict.
Additional Advocate General of the state Kardak Ete informed that the certified copy of the judgement would be available in a day or two.
The Pema Khandu-led BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh has at present 23 parliamentary secretaries.
The parliamentary secretaries include, C T Mein, Punji Mara, Phosum Khimhun, Thangwang Wangham, Gojen Gadi, Phurpa Tsering, Jambey Tashi, P D Sona, Likha Saaya, Gum Tayeng, Tapuk Taku, Kumsi Sidisow, Karya Bagang, Techi Kaso, Mama Natung, Tatung Jamoh, Nyamar Karbak, Zingnu Namchoom, Kaling Moyong, Tesam Pongte, Laisam Simai, Tage Taki and Tamar Murtem.
State government spokesman Bamang Felix during a press conference here on July 25 in response to media queries informed that the parliamentary secretaries are ready to abide by whatever decision the court would pronounced.
The Supreme Court while disposing of a writ petition filed in 2006 by Bimalangshu Roy against the passage of Assam Parliamentary Secretaries (Appointment, Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act by the then Congress government in the state in its judgement had stated that Article 194 does not expressly authorize the state legislature to create such an office, and that the Assam legislature lacks the competence to make the act.