Recently, Allahabad High Court at Lucknow summoned the UP government in a PIL that challenged administrators deployment in gram panchayats. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Ramesh Sinha issued notice to Advocate General Raghvendra Singh and sought a counter-affidavit.
The notice was issued in a PIL filed by Panchayat Raj Gram Pradhan Sangathan through its Secretary Suresh Kumar. In the petition, it is submitted that administrators’ deployment in gram panchayats after the end of their tenure is termed a violation of the constitutional provision.
According to the petitioner’s counsel, the State Government enacted the UP Panchayat Raj Act in 2000. As per Section (3)(a), the government can appoint administrators after the term ends.
However, the High Court dismissed the ordinance as unconstitutional. In such cases, the State Government can appoint an administrator under Article 243e of the Constitution, and the tenure of the panchayat cannot extend beyond five years.
Title: Panchayat Raj Gram Pradhan Sangathan vs State of UP & Ors.
Case No.: PIL Civil No: 2676 of 2020
Date of Order: 05.01.2021
Coram: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Ramesh Sinha