The Delhi High Court has issued notice in a plea seeking quashing of the entire selection process conducted by the Ministry of Culture for the appointment to the post of Chairman in Lalit Kala Akademi, which is an autonomous organization of the Central government.
A division bench of the Chief Justice and Justice Jyoti Singh while hearing the petition through video conferencing issued notice.
The petition has been filed by Dr. Satya Prakash through Advocate Mehmood Pracha alleging,
“The selection of Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi by a so-called committee was done without holding any meeting and a fake resolution was prepared to overreach the rules.”
The plea states,
“The constitution of the search committee itself is in violation of the rules as no previous Chairman was included despite there being four of them available. No female member was included which is in gross violation of the rules.”
The petitioner has further alleged that one of the said Committee’s members signing all the correspondence is a political leader of the ruling party and Vice President of BJP and a Rajya Sabha MP. “He is not qualified to be a member of the committee as he is not an artist of visual art but was appointed as a member of the committee,” the plea added.
The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on March 19.