Act in a more responsible manner: CAT to Delhi cops
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Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2010, 18:55
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 tribunal said.

"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 policeman.

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 beg.

"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 five days.

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.


First Published: Friday, January 22, 2010, 18:55

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