Slamming the lethargic attitude among government servants, the Delhi High Court has said they should not be granted leave on flimsy grounds or allowed to report for duty at their whims and fancy.
“The nation suffers when those who have to do public service become lazy or are found wanting in probity and commitment to duty,” said the court.
Justice Pradeep Nandrajog, heading the two-judge bench hearing service matters since many years, observed: “In
public interest, we would like to highlight that there is a propensity, noted by this Court, of government employees shirking their duties to an extent that they do not even report to work for months together and then claim innocence on all kinds of funny excuses”.
The remarks came in a case where the court upheld the dismissal of a Delhi Armed Police personnel SK Mudgal for failure to rejoin his parent cadre, the CRPF, a year after his deputation had come to an end citing illness.
Mudgal claimed he suffered from viral hepatitis from May 1991 to February 1992.
After perusing the records, the court termed it a “ruse” and said that he was indeed guilty of unauthorized absence.
“We concur with the reasoning of the CRPF inquiry officer that the petitioner’s claim of being sick is not supported by cogent material and appears to be a ruse. We concur with the finding that the petitioner has deliberately remained absent without sufficient cause and this attracts the penalty which has been inflicted upon him,” the court said.
“It is apparent that the petitioner has contrived to create a situation favourable to him thereby enabling him to sit happily at home and report for duty at his leisure and pleasure. But has been caught in the web spun by him,” said Justice Nandrajog.
The court found that he had managed to obtain a medical certificate from Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital when as per rules he was to secure a fitness certificate from the CRPF Hospital, Jharoda Kalan. The court also rejected the contention that he was not given adequate opportunity to defend himself.