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Govt. Cannot Act as East India Company Says: Karnataka HC

Lawstreet Journal 6 Oct 2020 8:30pm

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The Karnataka High Court on Monday (September,28,2020) observed that the Government being a model employer cannot act as the East India Company while dealing with the service rules. The court made this observation while setting aside the order cutting short the deputation of an engineer.

Details of the Case:

In June 2017, the state government posted C B Chikkalagi from its parent Public Works Department (PWD) as Assistant Executive Engineer Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Vijayapur sub-division. His deputation was canceled by the RDPR and sent back to his parent department in February 2020. He moved the writ petition before the high court after his application was dismissed by the Karnataka State Administrative Tribunal (KAT), challenging the order.

The Bench of Justice Krishna P. Dixit and Justice P. N. Desai was hearing a Writ Petition filed by a Civil Servant of the State, challenging the order on Wednesday (August,12,2020). It was further said by the court that, “In the absence of authorization, the borrowing department cannot cut short the term of the deputation unilaterally. The bench claimed that, without advance consultation, sending a deputation officer also included denigrating the civil servant who needed to be treated with some respect.”

The bench further also stated, "It hardly needs to be stated that the government being a model employer cannot act as the East India Company of the bygone days when the conditions of service are broadly regulated by the Service Rules." 

In the Court's opinion, the deputationist does not have a legitimate right to the… Continue Reading...


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