Civil Servants and Ministers<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Civil Servants and Ministers1

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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

Chapter.  1276 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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