For giving relief to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Children’s Film Society of India, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has passed strictures against its chairperson, actress Nandita Das.
CAT, in the order last week, quashed CFSI’s order to remove its CEO, Sushovan Banerjee.
Banerjee, a 1989 batch IPS officer, had been deputed to CFSI as CEO in December 2008 for three years, but he was repatriated by CFSI when he fell out with Das, said his lawyer advocate Sandip Marane. He then moved CAT.
As per CFSI constitution, Banerjee was responsible for administrative functioning and chairperson (Das) was required to provide creative inputs.
CFSI had alleged that Banerjee was interfering with Nandita's work.
But CAT found that there was nothing to indicate that he "created any hindrances to chairperson Das and her creative inputs to CFSI".
In fact, “no creative inputs appear to have been mooted out or proposed by Nandita, who is stated to be a famous film personality," CAT said in the order on September 8.
Further, it observed that Banerjee was removed only because he insisted that Das stick to the rules.
"Chairperson did not like the adherence of the applicant to use economy class travel as per government rules..despite these orders, the chairperson travelled by business class of private airlines" the CAT noted.