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Chh'garh HC stays CAT order

The High Court today stayed the CAT order quashing EC's directive to transfer the two district collectors for violating model code of conduct for December 1 elections.

india Updated: Nov 28, 2003 16:53 IST

Chhattisgarh High Court on Friday stayed the order of the Central Administrative Tribunal(CAT) quashing the Election Commission directive to transfer the collectors of Bastar and Jashpur districts for violating the model code of conduct for December 1 elections.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice KHN Kuranga and Justice LP Bhado after hearing the arguments of the commission which had challenged the November 25 CATorder staying the transfers directed that it be stayed.

Arguing the matter on behalf of the Election Commission, its advocate Kanak Tiwari said the issues relating to conduct of free and fair polls cannot be decided by the CAT as it is the subject of the commission.

The CAT also do not have the jurisdiction to hear such cases as the tribunal deals with disputes between the employer and the employee, Tiwari said.

EC also told the court that the collectors have not been removed as a punishment,rather it was a step towards conduct of free and fair polls.

First Published: Nov 28, 2003 12:15 IST