Punjab CM’s CPS ‘quits’, government says rumour - ECAS Punjab

Punjab CM’s CPS ‘quits’, government says rumour

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 21

The Chief Principal Secretary (CPS) to Punjab CM, Suresh Kumar, today returned his official vehicles and relieved his staff of duty, fuelling speculation he had conveyed to the CM he no longer wanted to continue in the government.

'Upset' over court case, transfers

  • Suresh Kumar is said to be upset at the status of ongoing case in the Punjab amp; Haryana HC over his appointment
  • He is also reportedly unhappy at certain postings and transfers after the appointment of new Chief Secretary
  • In September 2019, the CPS had vacated his office, fuelling speculation he was quitting. But he stayed back on Capt's intervention

The CPS remained incommunicado since morning as efforts by some ministers and officials to reach out to him went futile. The CM's office dismissed the reports of his resignation as rumour.

This comes a day after Kumar met CM Capt Amarinder Singh at latter's farmhouse, where Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan was also present. Kumar had rejoined work after 15 days of quarantine following his son's return from abroad.

Sources said the CPS, a retired IAS officer, was said to be upset over the status of an ongoing case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court over his appointment. After the appointment of the new Chief Secretary, the CPS was said to be upset over certain postings and transfers, indicating power play in the top brass.

The CPS had not been attending office at the Punjab Civil Secretariat for some time and had instead been operating from Punjab Bhawan. In February 2018, the CPS' appointment had been set aside by the High Court before the order was stayed after the government challenged it.

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