The 1992-batch assistant sub-inspectors (ASIs), who have filed a writ in the Punjab and Haryana high court in 2009, seeking enforcement of seniority list in promotions, termed the Punjab government promoting 1,300 police personnel as contempt of the court's directions.
While hearing the writ petition filed by the ASIs, the court had categorically directed the government to freeze the promotions till the next order, as the matter was sub judice, they said.
However, to avert any legal action from the court, the government found a middle path, and promoted the officers under Current Duty Charge (CDC), ASIs added.
The officers further said under the CDC the promoted officers would be entitled to salary and other benefits of their original (past) rank, but they would have to work in accordance with the new rank till the court decides the matter - and thus, the 1,300 newly-promoted personnel could not avail the benefits of promotion, except working on higher rank.
The officers, who have been pursuing the matter in the court, said instead of solving the matter the government was violating the court's direction which is clearly "contempt of the court".
They would take up the matter before the court, as the government was ignoring the service rules - the highly-placed officers had promoted their blue-eyed boys ignoring the seniority list while they had been struggling for years for the enforcement of the list, they added.
On the contrary, one of the newly-promoted officers on the condition of anonymity said the government had assured them that they would get all the benefits of their promotion once the case was settled in the court. Till then, they would have to work on the pay scale of their past rank, he added.
He further said that they took over the new assignments soon after the government issued notifications of their promotions.
Senior advocate APS Shergill, counsel of the 1992-batch officer, said the directions of the court already was in favour of his clients, but the Punjab government and the police department were not complying with it and promoting the officers at will.