Fifteen years after two Delhi Police Inspectors were promoted to the post of Assistant Commissio-ners of Police (Progr-ammer), the duo is still struggling to get regularised in the promoted post, thanks to the blame game between ministry of home affairs and the Delhi Government.
MHA and the Delhi Government have been passing the buck over the notification of recruitment rules for the new post since May 1996, when inspectors Virender Singh and Gyanendra Singh Awana were promoted as ACPs (Programmer) from the post of Inspector (Assistant Programmer) and Inspector (Computer Operator) respectively.
Now, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has come to their rescue. A bench of CAT Chairman VK Bali and Vice Chairman LK Joshi on April 18 ordered the MHA and Delhi Government to notify the recruitment rules for the post of ACP (Programmer) within three months.
The bench ordered the MHA and the Delhi Government to take suitable care, so that the petitioners were regularised within reasonable time of their promotion in 1996, i.e. within one or at most, two years of their promotion, depending upon the period of probation provided.
“The stand taken by respondents (MHA, Delhi Government) is most unjust. The applicants (Singh and Awana) cannot just remain in a post on ad hoc basis for 15 years without any heed being paid to their plight by the respondents,” the CAT said.
Giving liberty to the petitioners to approach it afresh for other grievances, the CAT has ordered the MHA and Delhi Government to pay R10,000 to each of
the promotees for dragging them “into litigation because of their own lethargy”.
The grievance of the petitioners was that even though they had been promoted as Assistant Comm-issioners of Police (Programmer) in May 1996 by order dated May 28, 1996, their services had not been regularised even after 15 years.
Further, they had not been inducted into Delhi Andaman Nicobar Island Police Service (DANIPS). They were also aggrieved that their pay scales of Rs 8,000 to Rs 13,500 and Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,200 sanctioned after four and eight years of service in the grade of ACP — at par with DANIPS — had not been granted to them.
However, during the course of hearing, their counsel Naresh Kaushik submitted that he would not press for their induction in DANIPS, as he would file another plea for it. The only relief he sought was regarding their regularisation in the post of ACP (Programmer).
The CAT was surprised to know that the duo had been promoted on an ad hoc basis, without there being any recruitment rules for the post of Assistant Commissioner and the MHA had simply washed its hands off the issue. “The attitude of the MHA is unfortunate... as it is clearly mentioned in the counter affidavit of the respondent, GNCTD (Delhi Government), that the recruitment rules for the post of ACP (Programmer) have been pending with MHA since 2002,” the CAT said.