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High Court terminates services of ADJ Muktsar

The Punjab and Haryana high court has terminated the services of additional district and sessions judge, Muktsar in Punjab, who had topped the 2008 superior judicial service examination in the Scheduled Caste category and bagged fifth rank in the general category. Sanjeev Verma reports.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2011 01:43 IST
Sanjeev Verma

The Punjab and Haryana high court has terminated the services of additional district and sessions judge, Muktsar in Punjab, who had topped the 2008 superior judicial service examination in the Scheduled Caste category and bagged fifth rank in the general category.

Following the high court recommendations, Punjab government “dispensed with the services” of Parveen Bali on June 24, a little over two years after she joined the superior judicial service of Punjab in December 2008.

According to the official documents Hindustan Times has accessed, on February 22, the high court had decided to withdraw the judicial work of Bali’s court. Later, on July 2 the district and sessions judge, Muktsar, officially informed Bali of the decision of the high court to dispense with her services, after a communication from the high court.

The sacked lower court judge has questioned the high court’s decision, saying no reason(s) was assigned for the action taken against her. “I am astonished by the high court’s decision taken without mentioning any reason,” Bali stated.

“I have had an impeccable service record since December 10, 2008 ever since I joined as ADJ at Muktsar,” she said, “and my integrity remained unquestioned, which has been reflected in my two ACRs conveyed to me,” Bali added.

“After the withdrawal of my judicial work, I had made representations to chief justice and the Muktsar administrative judge pleading to review the order in the full court but till date I had not received any reply,” she stated.

The high court registrar general, RP Nagrath, refused to meet despite repeated efforts by this reporter to seek his comments.

The former judicial officer further informed that she had also made a representation to the justice minister, Punjab in the first week of March making a request to review the orders to which she had not received any reply. Dr Upenderjit Kaur, Punjab’s justice minister could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.

Government sources said when the high court had first directed the state government to issue marching orders to Bali, Punjab’s home affairs and justice department had reportedly sent the matter back to the high court, allegedly seeking reasons for this recommendation. But the high court sent the file back as the decision was based on the full court recommendation.

According to Bali, in the written examination of 2008 she had scored higher marks than the candidate who topped in the final merit list.

Bali said she had also cleared the Punjab Civil Services (Judicial) examination in 1999 and was placed second in SC category. “But the high court withheld my appointment on the grounds that I did not secure aggregate of 50% in written and viva-voice in spite of the fact that as per the Punjab Public Service Commission(PPSC) rule a SC candidate was required to obtain 45% marks in written exam whereas I had secured more than 47% in aggregate of written and viva voice. I filed the petition in the high court, which is still pending,” she said.

Bali also topped the 2001 PCS (Judicial) examination and was placed at 10th position in the merit list of general category. But due to cash-for-job-scam of the PPSC, appointment letters of the selected candidates were cancelled by the high court. “Later, the Supreme Court in April 2009 decided the case in our favour but by then I had joined as the ADJ,” Bali said.