Sr official turns up before Privilege Committee

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Sr official turns up before Privilege Committee

Puducherry April 4 (PTI) Senior Puducherry Civil Service Officer R Chandrasekaran, who was replaced and placed under compulsory wait by a ruling of assembly Speaker V Vaithilingam on March 30, today appeared before the Privilege Committee headed by Deputy Speaker V P Sivakolundhu.

He was summoned by the Committee in the wake of a complaint filed before the Committee by an opposition MLA and few others.

Chandrasekaran resumed office of the Commissioner of Puducherry Municipality yesterday though he was placed under compulsory wait after he was replaced by a ruling of the Speaker on March 30.

The committee had served him the summons on the ground that he had committed contempt of the House by resuming office against the ruling of the Speaker.

He was replaced through an order of the Chief Secretary within hours of the Speaker giving the ruling in the wake of complaints made against him by legislators of both the ruling and opposition block on the floor of the House on March 30.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Chief Minister K Lakshminarayanan who is one of the members of the Privilege Committee told newsmen at the end of nearly thirty minute proceedings, Chandrasekaran was handed copies of complaints the committee had received.

Chandrasekaran was given time till April 11 to submit his replies.

While keeping him under compulsory wait the Chief Secretary in his order assigned the post of Municipal Commissioner to Director of Art and Culture.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.