You don’t have the right to review the minister’s decision… know why the Bombay High Court was angry with CM Shinde

You don’t have the right to review the minister’s decision… know why the Bombay High Court was angry with CM Shinde

Mumbai: On one hand, the Supreme Court has reserved its decision after completing the hearing of the power struggle in Maharashtra. On the other hand, on a decision of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has given an important decision. Furious at the CM, the court said that if a minister has taken a decision under his department, then the CM has no right to change or interfere in that decision. This decision has been given by the court in the state’s Chandrapur District Central Bank recruitment case. Not only this, the court has also removed the ban imposed by CM Eknath Shinde on the recruitment of Chandrapur District Central Bank on 22 November 2022 using the powers of the Chief Minister in this decision. This decision of the court is being considered as a big blow for CM Eknath Shinde. This important decision has been given by the division bench of Justice Vinay Joshi and Justice Valmiki Menges.

What is the matter?
This case is related to the appointment of employees in Chandrapur District Central Bank. Actually the bank has 93 branches in Chandrapur district of the state. These branches are under Chandrapur District Central Bank. In which 885 posts of employees are approved. However, currently only 525 posts have been filled while 393 posts are vacant. Regarding this, in the meeting held on November 18 in the year 2021, the board of directors of the bank had approved the proposal to fill the posts. The reason given behind this was that due to lack of people, there is a problem in running the work smoothly. After this the proposal was sent to the Cooperative Commissioner for approval. Next year i.e. on 25 February 2022, the Cooperative Commissionerate had approved the recruitment of this bank.

However, the petition filed in the court alleged that political opponents of the bank’s chairman Santosh Singh Rawat had made false complaints against him to the Maharashtra government. In the petition filed in the court, there was a demand to appoint an administrator over the bank. Against this petition, the petitioner i.e. the existing Board of Directors of the District Bank had filed a petition in the court. Apart from this, an appeal was filed with the cooperative minister of the state. In this case, the State Cooperative Minister Atul Save had canceled the ban on recruitment on 22 November 2022. The matter worsened when the Chief Minister issued an order on November 29, 2022, at the time of commencement of the bank recruitment process.

Court split on CM
After this decision of the Chief Minister, the petitioner again approached the court. During the hearing of the case, the High Court has lifted the ban on this recruitment. The court said that the chief minister was not the head of the cooperative department. Not only this, he did not get more privileges than the minister of cooperative department. Also, there is no such rule that a minister is considered lesser than the chief minister. While taking such a decision, the CM should have also clarified under which provision he is doing so.

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