Bilaspur, Apr 13 (PTI) The Chhattisgarh High Court today dismissed petitions challenging the appointment of 11 parliamentary secretaries by the Raman Singh government.

The HC, however, maintained its earlier interim order, which stated that parliamentary secretaries will not be entitled to power and facilities at par with ministers.

A division bench of Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and Justice Sharad Kumar Gupta passed the order today on separate petitions filed by former Congress MLA Mohammad Akbar and RTI activist Rakesh Choubey, Additional Advocate General Ashutosh Singh Kachhuwaha said.

The petitions had sought to quash these appointments terming them illegal and unconstitutional, he said.

The HC today dismissed the petitions but held its interim order, passed in August last year, that parliamentary secretaries will not be entitled to power and facilities at par with ministers, Kachhuwaha informed.

The Chhattisgarh government had appointed 11 MLAs as parliamentary sectaries and granted them a status equivalent to state ministers.

BJP MLAs Ambesh Jangde, Labhchand Bafna, Lakhanlal Dewangan, Motiram Chandrvanshi, Rupkumari Chaudhary, Shivshankar Paikra, Suniti Rathiya, Tokhan Sahu, Champa Devi Pawale, Govardhan Singh Manjhi and Raju Singh Kshatri were appointed as parliamentary secretaries by the Chhattisgarh government.

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