A Superintendent of Customs has taken the department to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) for refusing to grant him voluntary retirement.
The official, VB Singh, has already deemed himself to be retired, claiming that the department did not communicate its refusal on time — which is within three months of his voluntary retirement notice.
Singh, a recipient of the Navleen Kumar Award for working towards a corruption-free society (in 2004), had served the voluntary retirement notice to Customs authorities on December 11 last year. He claimed that the department did not give him a refusal letter till March 10, the expiry date of his notice period, and so he considers himself to be retired. The CAT admitted the application on June 29 and issued a notice to the department to file its reply. The next hearing is on August 3.
Singh, who has completed close to 24 years in service, has pleaded in his application that the tribunal declare him “deemed retired from service” with effect from March 10. He has also pleaded before the tribunal to direct the department to issue a relieving letter to him and pay all retirement benefits.
The Customs department, which has not deemed Singh as retired, continues to pay him salary every month.
The dispute between the department and Singh began when the former served a “charge memo” dated August 11, 2009 to the latter for minor penalty for possession of disproportionate assets.
Singh, who had served in the Vigilance Directorate of the department from September 2004 to October 2005 alleged that the memo was served to humiliate and mentally harass him and to thwart his deputation to Central Bureau of Investigation. Commissioner of Customs (General) SL Meena told HT that Singh was refused voluntary retirement because the vigilance case against him is pending. He said the department would file a reply in the tribunal.