STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

PMO wants separate counsel for each ministry

Ministry of Personnel cracked the whip on chasm between concerned ministries over ongoing litigations in the court.

Published: 10th June 2016 05:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2016 05:39 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Personnel, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has cracked the whip on the  chasm between concerned ministries over ongoing litigations in the court. It has decided an action plan to ensure that ministries dealing with cases should be on the same page with the Law Ministry and Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) to save the government from facing any embarrassment in court. It has also asked the Ministry of Law to designate a counsel for each Ministry so that court cases are defended well.

“While defending court cases, as far as possible the DoPT, Ministry of Law and line Ministry (Concerned Ministry) should be on the same page and put up arguments on behalf of Union of India in a coherent manner and uphold the policy of the government applicable in the relevant case,” action plan sent to the ministries said.

Generally, ministries make references to DoPT seeking advice regarding the course of action to be taken on the order of courts.

If the direction of order is against the policy of the department, the concerned ministry is advised to file an appeal for review in consultation of Law Ministry. The Ministry of Personnel has categorically told all the ministries that if there is divided opinion between DoPT and Law Ministry on the same case, the concerned ministry must file a second reference to resolve the issue.

“The administrative ministry or department must ensure that an officer of the level of Under Secretary or above is present in the court when important issues having policy issues or contempt petitions come up for hearing,” it said.

The DoPT said wherever the direction of the tribunal or court is not in consonance with the policy of DoPT, it may not insist on the administrative ministry obtaining the advice of Law Ministry. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp