Tamil Nadu

PILs challenge appointment of member secretary to Transtan

‘Dr. Balaji lacks expertise required to head a govt. body on organ transplantation’

The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice to the State government on two public interest litigation petitions challenging the appointment of government doctor P. Balaji, who had attested the thumb impressions of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the byelection papers during her hospitalisation in 2016, as the Member Secretary of Transplant Authority of Tamil Nadu (Transtan), which streamlines procedures related to cadaver and living organ transplantation.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose passed the order on the petitions filed by non-governmental organisations Change India, represented by A. Narayanan and Arappor Iyakkam, represented by its managing trustee Jayaram Venkatesan.

The petitioners had contended that Dr. Balaji, a professor in minimal access surgery, lacked the qualification and expertise required to head a government body dealing with organ transplantation.

However, Government Pleader (in-charge) T.N. Rajagopalan contended that public interest litigation petitions could not be filed in connection with government service matters. When vascular surgeon J. Amalorpavanathan, who was heading Transtan until he retired from government service on October 31, 2016, had himself not chosen to challenge the subsequent appointment of Dr. Balaji, the third parties could not be allowed to question the appointment, he claimed.

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