New Delhi: The Central Administrative
Tribunal (CAT) has quashed promotion of three state officers
to Indian Forest Service (IFS) rank saying the Centre has
"ignored the rules" while promoting them.
The Tribunal passed the order on a petition filed by
five senior IFS officers challenging the order of the Ministry
of Environment and Forests (MoEF) promoting the three officers
to AGMUT (Arunachal-Goa-Mizoram Union Territories) joint cadre
contending the action was in violation of forest service
"The rules of the game have been ignored and the goal
post moved. Advertence has already been made to the note of
the Director of MoEF, approved by the Secretary, which quite
arbitrarily decided the vacancies for the years 1989, 1990 and
1993 for the Andaman and Nicobar segment of the UT," the CAT
bench comprising Chairman V K Bali and Vice-Chairman L K Joshi
It directed MoEF to convene a meeting of the joint
cadre authority(JCA), constituted by the DoPT for the three
All India Services, to determine the yearwise vacancies for
promotion for each constituent unit of Arunachal
Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar
and Dadar and Nagar Haveli(AGMUT) cadre.
The petitioners had challenged appointment of M P
Singh, J P Misra and B P Singh in the year 2007-08.