Kerala HC observes nothing unlawful in appointment of personal staff 


Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi archives

Kochi: Kerala High Court observed that the Chief Minister, Chief Whip, Opposition leader and ministers can appoint their personal staff at their own discretion. Nothing unlawful could be found in such appointments that facilitate ease in governance.

The Court declared that these appointments cannot be equated with the appointment of employees in government service as the service of the personal staff will end according to the tenure of the ministers. The division bench comprising chief justice S Manikumar and justice Shaji P Chali opined that giving pensions to them may not be wrong.

The order came up by scrapping the petitions filed against the appointment procedures of the personal staff. Meanwhile, the court directed to bring about a rational limit on the number of personal staff.

The appointment of the personal staff cannot be reserved for the Public Service Commission as the personal staff of ministers should have the confidence of the respective ministers for dealing with many confidential matters, observed the court. The court found nothing unlawful in passing special rules. The government had reminded the court that the employees who have a service below 10 years are also receiving ex gratia pensions here.

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