2 Oct 2008, 0416 hrs IST,TNN
PATNA: The Patna High Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the state government and the State Election Commissioner (SEC) J K Dutta as to how the CM, instead of the governor, appointed the SEC.
A division bench comprising CJ R M Lodha and Justice K K Mandal issued the directive after hearing the PIL of Servers of Society whose lawyer, Ashutosh Ranjan Pandey, submitted that as per the provisions of the Constitution and Bihar Panchayati Raj Act, only the governor can appoint the SEC.
He said the petitioner has the information, procured under the provisions of Right to Information Act, that the CM appointed the SEC in 2006. He sought the removal of SEC J K Dutta on this ground.