Sunil Sarogi tenders his resignation from the position of Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Chief Minister of Sikkim prior to the final hearing at Sikkim high court
On June 8 during the final hearing, Sikkim High Court disposed of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against him.
During the hearing, the Sikkim High Court noted that the PIL focused on the appointment of Sarogi as the OSD to the Chief Minister of Sikkim, which was in violation of the provisions of the Sikkim State Public Services Act, 2006, particularly Section 3. In light of Sarogi’s resignation, the court found no reason to further adjudicate on the matter.
The court stated, “Since the instant Public Interest Litigation centers around the appointment of private respondent no.6 as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Sikkim, in contravention with the provisions as contained under the Sikkim State Public Services Act, 2006, particularly, section 3 thereof, we do not find any cogent or justifiable reason to adjudicate on this issue further, in view of the resignation tendered by the private respondent no.6, yesterday.”
The High Court further noted, “As such, no further orders are required to be passed in the Instant Public Interest Litigation, which stands disposed of accordingly along with the pending interlocutory application, being I.A. No.01 of 2023.”
The PIL, filed by Jit Bahadhur Subba, raised concerns about Sarogi’s appointment as he was practicing as an advocate registered with the Bar Council of West Bengal at the time of his appointment. The petitioner argued that Sarogi should not have been engaged as the OSD to the Chief Minister.
Additionally, the petitioner contended that while holding the post of OSD, Sarogi was also appointed as the Executive Chairman and Director of Teesta Urja Ltd, a public company substantially owned by the Government of Sikkim. .