CAT pulls up Home Ministry, Delhi govt

The Union Home Ministry along with the Delhi govt have been pulled up by the CAT for making two Delhi Police officials work in its computer wing on an ad-hoc basis for over 15 years without any promotion.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 12:42 PM IST

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry along
with the Delhi government and the city police chief have been pulled up by the Central Administrative Tribunal for making
two Delhi Police officials work in its computer wing on an
ad-hoc basis for over 15 years without any promotion.

The three have also been asked to give a sum of Rs
20,000 as litigation cost to the two officials for forcing
them to resort to litigation for resolution of their
grievances.

"Since the respondents (Union Home Ministry, city
government and city police) have dragged the applicants into
litigation because of their own lethargy, each of the applicant would be eligible for the cost of litigation, which we compute to Rs. 10,000 each," said the CAT`s bench of its Chairman Justice V K Bali and Vice Chairman L K Joshi.
The CAT`s order came on pleas of assistant commissioners Virender Singh and Gyanendra Singh Awana, who
told CAT that though they were promoted as ACP (Programmer) in
May 1996, their services were yet to be regularised despite
lapse of 15 years.

They also said they were also inducted in the Delhi
Andman Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS).

While examining the cases of the two officials, the
CAT came to know that the two officials were promoted on ad
hoc basis, in absence of any recruitment rules for the post of
ACP (Programmer).

The CAT was irked by the response of the Union Home
Ministry, which, the CAT noted, "has simply washed its hands
off the issue, by stating that the problem was entirely the
creation of Government of Delhi and that the MHA has no responsibility in this matter."

Noting that the Delhi government has already
approached the Union Home Ministry for framing the recruitment
rules in 2002 itself, the CAT said, "The attitude of the MHA
is unfortunate."

The CAT asked the Union Home Ministry and Delhi
government to notify the recruitment rules for the post of ACP
(Programmer) within three months and regularise the two city
police officials from a period within one or two years after
their last promotions in 1996.

The CAT asked the two officials to file separate pleas
for their further promotion to the rank of DyCP and their
inclusion in DANIPS.

PTI