The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Thursday reserved its judgement on a petition challenging the promotion of persons junior to a Chief Statistical Advisor to positions senior to him in the Indian Statistical Service.
A Bench of the Tribunal consisting of Vice Chairman Justice Ramachandran and Member Neena Ranjan also restrained the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) from going ahead with the promotions to senior administrative grade till the pronouncement of judgement.
The Petitioner Tushar Ranjan Mohanty, Chief Statistical Advisor in the Directorate of Income Tax had alleged in his petition that he was declared unfit despite his outstanding ACRs by the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC).
Mohanty had submitted in his petition that in November 2006, MoSPI had promoted 39 officers, including 31 junior to him, to the senior administrative grade of the Indian Statistical Service based on the DPC dated August 17, 2006.
Mohanty has contended that the proceedings of the said DPC were later quashed by CAT as bad in law and the MoSPI was directed to convene a fresh DPC and to consider the case of eligible officers afresh in accordance with rules.
The quashed DPC allegedly had also relaxed the essential eligibility criteria for promotion from eight years to six years of having held the post of the Junior Administrative Grade Officers.
Now more than six months had already passed since the officers have been promoted under the DPC in question.
Mohanty argued before the Tribunal that even the Union Public Service Commission didnot have the power to relax the basic eligibility criteria for promotions.