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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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Civil Servants and Ministers 1

Civil Servants and Ministers 1

(p.227) 31 Civil Servants and Ministers1

A.G. Noorani

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A minister is publicly accountable to Parliament. A civil servant's wrongdoing is dealt with by specific rules. He cannot be meted out arbitrary treatment by the minister. A minister should own up decisions taken by the civil servant. He is free to countermand a civil servant's order, but, he should not denounce him in public or disown constitutional responsibility.

Keywords:   minister, arbitrary treatment, civil servant

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