The Punjab and Haryana high court has restrained the Punjab government from passing promotion orders of deputy district attorneys, for which a meeting was held on July 19.
The order from the high court bench of justice Daya Chaudhary came on a petition wherein the seniority list of deputy district attorneys has been challenged in 2015.
Petitioner’s counsel Krishan Singh Dadwal said the high court had given a week’s time to the petitioners to give a representation to the government about their grievance. Following which the government will have to pass a speaking order. The entire exercise is to be carried out within four weeks. The government has also been asked not to finalise promotions for which departmental promotion committee (DPC) had met on July 19, Dadwal added.
In the petition filed in 2015, the petitioner, Bihari Lal had argued that an order was passed by the high court in 2011 in which the government was asked to decide about his representation on alleged discrepancies in seniority of deputy district attorney. However, the government rejected his claims without citing reasons.
Following this, he had approached high court and was joined by dozens of other similarly placed officers. While the dispute regarding seniority was under the HC consideration, the government convened a meeting of DPC on July 19 to consider the promotions of deputy district attorney to district attorneys. Thereafter, petitioner had filed an application seeking stay on proceedings of DPC.