The Ministry of Culture on Monday reinstated Dr. Sudhakar Sharma as Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi stating that his removal from office “was illegal”. Late last year, Mr. Sharma was sacked by the Akademi's outgoing Chairman Dr. Ashok Vajpeyi on various charges including “non compliance of several decisions/orders”.

Dr. Sharma had appealed to the Ministry of Culture stating that the orders given by the chairman were illegal as he didn't serve him a single memo or show cause notice, thereby preventing him from the natural law of justice.

The Ministry of Culture, on the grounds of “various legalities involved in the issue,” had referred Dr. Sharma's case to the Ministry of Law.

On Monday, Dr. Sharma received his reinstatement orders with full pay and benefits.

“The order from the Ministry of Culture has come on the expected lines. I am satisfied that my convictions were right. I didn't go the court as I knew these orders were illegal and the Government will take cognizance of it. It has nonetheless affirmed my faith on the judicial processes of the Government,” said a relieved Dr. Sharma.

Despite repeated attempts Dr. Vajpeyi was not available for comment.

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