CAT sets aside promotion of 3 officers to IFS rank
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 19:18
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 recruitment rules.

"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 said.

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 19:18

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