Is transfer a reward or punishment: HC
Is transfer of an officer going through disciplinary proceedings a reward or punishment?
Telangana High Court posed this query to State authorities on being knowledgeable that Adilabad Municipal Commissioner Maruti Prasad, in opposition to whom an inquiry was launched for allowing development of a business complicated in a land meant for hostel for college kids, was posted as Jagtial Municipal Commissioner. A bench of Chief Justice Hima Kohli and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy, not too long ago listening to a PIL petition on unlawful constructions in authorities land allotted to construct hostel for college kids, expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in initiating motion in opposition to the officer accountable for permitting the unlawful construction to return up.
State authorities allotted land to Munnuru Kapu Sangham in Adilabad for development of hostel for college kids. In September of 2019, a particular person filed PIL petition alleging that the Sangham started setting up a business complicated within the allotted land. The HC issued notices to the officers involved and the State authorities to elucidate their stand.
In February of 2020, the federal government knowledgeable the court docket that Municipal Commissioner had stopped the unlawful development taken up by the Sangham. The HC, nonetheless, noticed that it was shocking that the Commissioner didn’t take any motion in opposition to the Sangham for endeavor unauthorised development. The HC then instructed the Municipal Administration Principal Secretary to behave in opposition to the Commissioner. During the following listening to, it instructed the Principal Secretary and the Commissioner to personally seem earlier than the bench for failing to provoke steps in opposition to the unauthorised development.
As per the court docket order, Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar and Commissioner C.V.N. Raju, who had taken cost changing Maruti Prasad, appeared earlier than the court docket. When the matter got here up for listening to not too long ago, the bench headed by CJ Hima Kohli questioned if the federal government rewarded Maruti Prasad when Special Government Pleader Sanjeevi Kumar knowledgeable it that he was posted as Jagtial Municipal Commissioner.
“What is the status of the disciplinary inquiry against him? Any action taken against him?” the CJ requested. The SGP sought time to furnish additional particulars on the matter. The bench instructed the federal government to file standing report on the matter together with particulars of motion initiated in opposition to officers accountable for allowing unlawful constructions by July 1.