Police officer case referred to CJ
Chennai, Jun 17 (UNI) The Madras High Court today referred to the Chief Justice for posting before another Bench an appeal filed by police officer P Sivanandi challenging a Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order quashing his seniority and the Tamil Nadu Government Order subsequently downgrading him from the post of DIG to Superintendent of Police.
When his appeal came up before Mr Justice Dharmarao and Justice K Suguna, the Division Bench referred it to the Chief Justice for posting before another Bench.
In his appeal, Mr Sivanandi had challenged the May five order of the CAT, quashing his seniority and the consequential government order of May 15 downgrading him to the post of SP and posting him incharge of the Home Guards at Tiruchirappalli.
Stating that the Central government alone had the jurisdiction to revise the seniority, he prayed for quashing the CAT's order and the subsequent order of the state government.
It may be recalled a CAT Bench, comprising Vice-Chairman Justice P Shanmugam and Member Administration V Lakshmiratan, had quashed Mr Sivanandi's elevation to the IPS as also that of Mr S Avudayappan, SP, Special Division of the Special Branch-CID, holding their annual confidential reports had been written after the cut off date of March 31, 1994, following which the two had gained in seniority.
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