Hyderabad: The Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) Tuesday adjourned to November 29 the hearing of a
petition against appointment of K Aravinda Rao as Andhra
Senior IPS officer and Principal Secretary (Home) P
Gautam Kumar had challenged the Rao`s appointment as head of
the police force before the CAT in September and appealed the
Tribunal to set aside his appointment saying it was done in
violation of IPS cadre rules.
Kumar belongs to the 1975 IPS batch, while Rao is of 1977
Appearing before the CAT bench comprising judicial member
Bharati Ray and administrative member R Santhanam, the counsel
of Central government (which is among the respondents) G Jaya
Prakash Babu sought for postponing the matter to November 29
to enable the Centre to file its reply.
The bench was also informed that Advocate General will
represent the state government, another respondent, before the
CAT by the same date.
Kumar`s counsel Sudhir Jonnalgadda, however, pressed for
beginning the arguments from today itself saying except for
the Centre, all respondents have filed their counters.
"Let me complete the arguments today and the respondents
can begin their arguments later," Sudhir said.
But the bench said there should be continuous arguments
and assured him that there won`t be any further adjournments.
Earlier, Kumar in his petition had contended that the
state government had overlooked his seniority and also the
fact that he still has two years of service left.
The Home Secretary had also argued that the promotions of
1977 batch officers in May this year were "illegal" as there
were no vacancies in the Director General (DG) cadre by then.