March 11, 2014 00:00 By Jeerapong Prasertpolkrung
The government needs time to study the law to see if the former chief of the National Security Council can be reinstated within 45 days, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said.
The PM’s comment yesterday was her first response to a Supreme Administrative Court ruling on Friday that the transfer of Thawil Pliensri from the post of NSC secretary-general to become an adviser attached to the PM’s Office was unlawful.
Yingluck said she had told PM’s secretary-general Suranand Vejjajiva and Council of State secretary-general Chukiert Ratanachaichan to study the verdict and the legal process.
Suranand said he would discuss the issue with Thawil and current NSC chief Paradorn Pattanatabut, and was certain that the former would be reinstated within the court deadline.
The court ruled that Thawil must be reinstated within 45 days. In 2011, Thawil was replaced by Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree and then Paradorn.
In reacting to questions from journalists on what she would do, given some critics insist she should be punished and take responsibility for the transfer, the PM said she was already following the court’s order.
"To be responsible for what? I am ready to comply with [the court’s order] but right now there must be a procedure of studying how to do it. Isn’t that normal?" the PM said.
"Actually, reshuffling takes place in every government, and there are problems related to the [government’s transfer] order and the Administrative Court’s order. We are ready to comply, just as other governments have," she said.
Appointed Senator Paiboon Nititawan yesterday submitted a petition undersigned by 27 senators asking the Constitutional Court to rule on Yingluck’s status after the court ruling.
The petition alleged that she had violated the charter and abused her power by interfering in a reshuffle for the benefit of herself or her group.
The petition was submitted via Deputy Senate Speaker Anan Ariyachaipanich.