Overturning a decision by former Chief Justice of India NV Ramna, the Supreme Court has revoked the appointment of Registrar Prasanna Kumar Suryadebra as a permanent employee of the court, The Indian Express has learnt.
According to sources, Suryadebra has been repatriated to All India Radio news department till September 30.
Suryadebra, a joint director of Prasar Bharti, was appointed as additional registrar – in the role of a media consultant – as an officer on special duty in 2021 during former CJI Ramana’s tenure. Later he was appointed to the permanent cadre. Court in the rank of Registrar. It is learned that after reversing the absorption order made in the last week of CJI Ramana’s tenure, Suryadeva returned to his parent cadre. The Chief Justice of India acts as the administrative head of the court.
The Indian Express sent a text message calling Suryadebra for his repatriation. He was unavailable for comment.
Suryadebra, who joined Prasar Bharati as a news reader-cum-translator (Telugu), has held several high-profile assignments on deputation, including the Delhi Assembly where he was the center of political conflict within the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government as lieutenant governor.
Sources said while the Supreme Court has officers on regular deputation from the judicial service, it is only for special areas like accounts and IT where officers are brought on deputation from the government cadre.
Between 2004–2009, Suryadebra was the OSD in the office of former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and from 2009–2015 he worked with former Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari. In 2015, he was appointed as the Secretary of the Delhi Assembly but in 2016, LG Najeeb Jung ordered him back to All India Radio.
Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Nivas Goyal sought the consent of the Directorate General of All India Radio “as Secretary of the NCT Assembly of Delhi on a permanent basis” when the LG ordered the repatriation. Goel then approached the Delhi High Court challenging the LG’s decision.
“Shri Suryadebra has acquired experience and expertise in law making through over 12 years of service in the legislative field out of which he has spent over 11 years in the service of the Parliament of India out of a total of 23 years of service. He put it this far,” Goyal said in a statement to the Assembly in September 2016 defending Suryadebra.
Prasar Bharti also took a stand in the court that Suryadebra had to join his parent company immediately failing which he would be treated as “on unauthorized absence”.