The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has pulled up the MCD and imposed a cost of Rs 25,000 on it for harassing a former officer by questioning the validity of his Schedule Cast Certificate.
The tribunal objected to the manner in which the MCD had initiated proceedings against P C Tomar, former Deputy Director (Horticulture), despite he being exonerated by the competent authority.
"The officer was put to an unending trial which has indeed visited him with such evil consequences that he cannot be compensated at this stage," the tribunal comprising Chairman V K Bali and Vice Chairman L K Joshi said.
While quashing the imposition of penalty on Tomar, the CAT said, "We thus penalise MCD with costs quantified at Rs 25,000 which again may be only conciliatory and not compensatory."
The CAT passed the order on the plea of retired MCD officer Tomar, who challenged the imposition of the penalty of
a 10 per cent cut in his pension.
Tomar's ordeal began with a complaint in 1986 that his scheduled caste certificate was not genuine.