The Allahabad High Court has directed the State Government to ensure that in future no government employee would remain in one place for more than six years.
Passing the order, Justice Tarun Agarwal said this direction would come into immediate effect. Any transfer policy made or modified would include the above direction, the court added.
The court observed, “The citizens have a fundamental right to good governance which is possible only if government servants are politically neutral and are not transferred or otherwise victimised at the instance of a political party or politician,” the court said.
This judgement was passed on a writ petition (No 33378/06) filed by Akash Sharma, a deputy jailor. He had moved the court challenging his transfer from Muzaffarnagar to Varanasi.
The petitioner alleged he was transferred to Muzaffarnagar jail from Fatehgarh in June 2005 and now had been shifted again. Three other deputy jailors who had been in Muzaffarnagar District Jail since 2002-03 and 2004 had not been shifted, he contended. But the petitioner had been transferred because he had no political backing, he said.