HC Relief for Staff Suspended on Last Day at TANGEDCO - The New Indian Express

HC Relief for Staff Suspended on Last Day at TANGEDCO

Published: 30th December 2013 07:41 AM

Last Updated: 30th December 2013 07:41 AM

The Madras High Court has rapped TANGEDCO officials  for lying dormant for over 16 years and suspending a woman employee on the last day of her service on grounds that her community certificate was still under verification.

For the failure and inaction on the part of the Corporation, the woman cannot be penalised. Therefore the action of the Corporation is arbitrary, a division bench of justices R Sudhakar and Pushpa Narayanan said.

The bench was allowing a writ petition from employee Amutha. It set aside the suspension order and directed TANGEDCO to grant full pension and other terminal benefits to her. According to Amutha, she belongs to Konda Reddi community, which was a Scheduled Tribe and she obtained a community certificate in 1981. She joined service as an Assessor and was serving in the special grade. 

In February 1986, the Tiruchy collector, without affording an opportunity to her to respond, sent a report to TANGEDCO stating that she did not belong to Konda Reddi community.

She approached the High Court, which in 1997 set aside the order, granting liberty to the collector to conduct the verification afresh. While so, on the last day of her service (May 13, 2013), she was placed under suspension and was not allowed to retire.  Hence the present petition.

The bench pointed out that the court had directed the collector and the revenue authorities to conduct an enquiry about the community of the petitioner way back in 1997. But TANGEDCO had not taken any action till May 2013. It had also not  given any reason for not approaching the district level vigilance committee from 1997 to verify the genuineness of the certificate. Having slept over it for over 16 years, TANGEDCO cannot be allowed to take advantage of its own wrong at the fag end of her service, the bench said.

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