Statutory rules need not be followed while removing Public Service Commission’s employees: SC

The Supreme Court while rejecting the plea of the Chairman and eight members of the Haryana Public Service Commission (PSC) upheld the governor’s order for their suspension and removal. SC applied the rule - higher the post, harsher the standards of scrutiny.

The main grievance of the PSC members was that the governor did not follow the established rules applicable to government servants in the matters of their suspension and removal.

The Bench opined that PSCs being a creation of the Constitution, its members could not be placed at par with government employees for following statutory rules regarding suspension and removal. It thus held that, “the suspension of the eight members and chairman of the Haryana PSC by the governor by an order under Article 317(2) of the Constitution and the subsequent notification are valid and not liable to be quashed.”



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