Supreme Court relief to constables sacked by Mayawati
In a major relief to over 20,000 police constables sacked by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati two years ago, the Supreme Court Monday refused to suspend an Allahabad High Court order threatening top state officials with contempt for ignoring its ruling to take back the policemen recruited by the previous government.
The police recruitment by the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was cancelled as Mayawati claimed to have unearthed large scale bungling in the appointment process soon after she assumed power in May 2007, following which a bulk of the recruits lost their jobs.
A Supreme Court bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma said suspending the high court order would mean jeopardizing the future of all genuinely-recruited policemen.
The Uttar Pradesh advocate general said it was not feasible for the state government to segregate the genuine recruits from the spurious ones among the 20,000 constables within a few days. But the bench shot back saying: "What had you been doing for the last five months."
The apex court's refusal has left the state government with no option but to absorb before May 27 the 20,000 police constables.
A single-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court had last December asked the state government to take back the genuinely-recruited police constables after segregating them from those who had secured recruitment on irregular basis.
But the Uttar Pradesh government challenged the single-judge bench's order before a division bench, which too dismissed the appeal in March this year and asked it follow the court's earlier ruling.
Some of the dismissed constables later moved the high court seeking launch of the contempt to court proceedings against top civil and police officers for ignoring the order.