CAT slams CWG Organising Committee; imposes fine of Rs 20,000
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 15:19
New Delhi: The Central Administrative Tribunal has slammed Commonwealth Games Organising Committee for "wasting" its time by not disclosing about the appointment of security chief for the sporting event while a case on it was going on and slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on it.

"This is nothing but a vexatious and frivolous litigation instituted by the impleading applicant (OC) by abusing the process of law...It is necessary to prevent any person or party from instituting or continuing vexatious proceedings especially habitually and without reasonable ground," the Bangalore Bench of the Tribunal said.

The observation came while hearing the matter of the appointment of an Additional Director General (ADG) for Games security, a post which was lying vacant for more than a year owing to a legal tussle between the Union government and a senior IPS officer R P Sharma.

The OC had in 2008 sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs recommending the name of Sharma, a 1987 batch Karnataka cadre officer, for the job on the basis of a report made by a Search Committee.

Based on recommendations of both the OC and Karnataka government, Sharma also attended different CWG security-related meetings in Delhi when the proposal was awaiting clearance by the MHA.

However, Sharma's name was not cleared after "careful consideration" of the matter by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

Aggrieved over the rejection, Sharma filed an appeal with CAT Bangalore Bench in January 2009 seeking its direction to the Centre to consider his application and to issue clearance for his deputation.

Hearing the matter, the CAT had in April 2009 directed the respondent (MHA) to act as per the instruction given in a Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) circular stating that Sharma is eligible to be considered by the committee under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for screening the cases of deputation.

The court also asked the MHA to place Sharma's case before the committee and to submit their recommendations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (if the recommendations are positive) and to complete all the required procedure before May 30 this year.


First Published: Thursday, August 26, 2010, 15:19

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