High Court questions appointment of Lalit Kala Akademi secretary
Observing that not at all’s well within the Lalit Kala Akademi, the Delhi High Court has questioned the government’s decision to appoint Sudhakar Sharma, accused of financial irregularities, as the secretary of the art and culture organisation. The court also directed the Ministry of Culture to appoint a full-time administrator for the Akademi within two weeks.
“It has been pleaded by the government of India that an administrator has been appointed. But it appears that it is nothing but an eye-wash and, in fact, Sharma himself is controlling the Akademi’s affairs. Having gone through the documents placed on record and in light of the sequence of events, it appears that all is not well with the Akademi,” the court said.
The Division Bench further said: “We direct the Union of India, Ministry of Culture as well as the Lalit Kala Akademi to file detailed counter affidavits, explaining as to how the appointment of Sharma can be justified.”
The court also sought an explanation for the delay in concluding the disciplinary proceedings that were initiated against Sharma after he was accused of misappropriation of funds, thereby directing the Ministry and the Akademi to disallow him from “interfering with the administration in any manner, whatsoever, …read more