The Union Home Ministry along with the Delhi government and the city police chief have been pulled up by the Central Administrative Tribunal for making two Delhi Police officials work in its computer wing on an ad-hoc basis for over 15 years without any promotion.
The three have also been asked to give a sum of Rs 20,000 as litigation cost to the two officials for forcing them to resort to litigation for resolution of their grievances.
"Since the respondents (Union Home Ministry, city government and city police) have dragged the applicants into litigation because of their own lethargy, each of the applicant would be eligible for the cost of litigation, which we compute to Rs 10,000 each," said the CAT's bench of its chairman justice VK Bali and vice chairman LK Joshi.
The CAT's order came on pleas of assistant commissioners Virender Singh and Gyanendra Singh Awana, who told CAT that though they were promoted as ACP (Programmer) in May 1996, their services were yet to be regularised despite lapse of 15 years.
They also said they were also inducted in the Delhi Andman Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS).
While examining the cases of the two officials, the CAT came to know that the two officials were promoted on ad hoc basis, in absence of any recruitment rules for the post of ACP (Programmer).
The CAT was irked by the response of the Union Home Ministry, which, the CAT noted, "has simply washed its hands off the issue, by stating that the problem was entirely the creation of Government of Delhi and that the MHA has no responsibility in this matter."
Noting that the Delhi government has already approached the Union Home Ministry for framing the recruitment rules in 2002 itself, the CAT said, "The attitude of the MHA is unfortunate."
The CAT asked the Union Home Ministry and Delhi government to notify the recruitment rules for the post of ACP (Programmer) within three months and regularise the two city police officials from a period within one or two years after their last promotions in 1996.
The CAT asked the two officials to file separate pleas for their further promotion to the rank of DyCP and their inclusion in DANIPS.