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HC refuses to hear separately a plea against bureaucrats

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to hear separately a plea seeking action against bureaucrats who went on mass leave to protest against the suspension of two DANICS cadre officers by the AAP government on December 29 last year. A Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice V P Vaish said that it will not review its order of tagging the petition along with 10 other pleas in which it is hearing the issue of interpretation of Article 239AA regarding the powers of the LG on governance of Delhi.

“We are not going to review our order at this stage,” the bench said, while dismissing an application filed by a social activist into his pending plea, which has sought an enquiry to identify the officers who have instigated the unauthorised mass leave and disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against them. The application by petitioner Indu Prakash Singh said that he has been attending the hearings and had observed that the issues raised by him were not addressed. The Bench on January 8 had said it will hear his plea along with petitions relating to the spat between the Centre and the Delhi government it is hearing. On December 31 last year, around 200 DANICS officers had gone on mass leave after two senior civil service officers of Delhi government’s Home Department were suspended for refusing to sign on a Cabinet decision file. 
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