New Delhi: A government employee is entitled
to continue in service if he withdraws the voluntary
retirement notice before the date of his actual release, the
Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has held.
The tribunal passed the order while hearing the plea of
Sub-Inspector Chander Pal Arora, challenging the Delhi Police
order which accepted the voluntary retirement of the officer
even after withdrawing the same within a specific time period.
"Once the notice was withdrawn by Arora, it could not
have been accepted by the Delhi Police on May 15, 2009," the
CAT headed by Vice-Chairman L K Joshi said while setting aside
Delhi Police contended that Arora had tendered his
voluntary retirement notice without any "pressure, stress and
duress" and the authority has no power to revoke the order of
Arora, however, said that he was well within his right
to withdraw notice of his voluntary retirement which should
not be accepted by the authority.
The police officer applied for voluntary retirement on
February 23, 2009 owing to some personal reasons but withdrew
the same before the date of his actual release.
Despite that, the authorities accepted his voluntary