New Delhi: Taking a serious note of
dereliction of duty by a senior policeman, the Central
Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has advised Delhi Police
personnel to act in a more responsible manner which is
essential for successful operation of the force.
The CAT passed the observation while hearing a plea of
head constable Radhey Shyam who challenged his dismissal from
the force for dereliction of duty.
A disciplined force like Delhi Police could operate
successfully only if the personnel show responsibility, the
"If the policeman had long years of experience, he should
have acted with more responsibility," the tribunal bench,
comprising Vice Chairman Justice M Ramachandran and Member
Veena Chhotray, said while setting aside the dismissal of the
Substituting the dismissal order with cumpulsory
retirement, the CAT said the punishment was too harsh and he
should not be denied any benefit keeping in mind his 28 years
of service in the force.
"We are of the opinion that the punishment of removal was
too harsh. It is a major penalty but the person concerned
should not be pushed to penury," it said, observing a person,
who served the Delhi Police for decades, should not be left to
"Therefore, we are inclined to order that the punishment
of dismissal is to be substituted with one of compulsory
retirement from service," the CAT said.
It ordered the Delhi Police to give Shyam the benefit of
pension considering the years spent by him in the force.
According to the chargesheet filed in 2004, the
policeman showed dereliction and carelessness in discharge of
his official duties as he unauthorisedly remained absent for
An inquiry was proceeded against him after which the
disciplinary authority recommended the penalty. Noting that
his past service was not satisfactory, Delhi Police removed
Shyam from the service.