Promotion to IAS, SC's fiat to high courts

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has cautioned high courts against passing interim orders in a casual manner in matters relating to promotion to IAS cadre, saying it would lead to "irreparable injury" to public interest.

"It is beyond any cavil of doubt that before passing any interim order, the courts should not only consider prima facie case, balance of convenience, and irreparable injury but also its effect on public interest also," a bench of justices S B Sinha and Cyriac Joseph observed.

The apex court passed the order while setting aside an interim Punjab and Haryana High Court order of March 25, 2008 had stayed the reversion of Bhagwant Singh and five others promotee officers who were reverted from the IAS cadre by the state government after it was found that their elevation was not done in accordance with the rules.

Singh and other officers challenged their reversion before the high court which stayed the government order but in the process stalled the promotion of six direct recruit officers who were to be elevated to the prestigious IAS.

Aggrieved by the high court's order, the direct recruits Prabhjot Singh Mand and others filed a civil appeal in the apex court.

Bureau Report