HYDERABAD: Expressing displeasure at the Centre for its inordinate delay in explaining the rationale behind the cadre division exercise, the Hyderabad bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal on Thursday slapped a penalty of `500 on the Centre.
While dealing with a batch of petitions by some IAS and IPS officers, the bench comprising B Venkateswara Rao (member, judicial) and Ranjana Chowdary (member, administration) gave an ultimatum to the Centre that if it fails to explain its stand by October 7 then it would conclude the case hearing.
The bench was dealing with petitions filed by GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar and several IAS and IPS officers, who were aggrieved with the cadre allotments by the Centre between Telangana and AP. While some are seeking Telangana cadre others sought for AP cadre and are contesting their allotments to a state which is not of their choice. They have cited various rules and provisions to substantiate their arguments.
When the petitions have come up for hearing on Thursday, Assistant solicitor general B Narayana Reddy has again sought some more time to explain the Centre’s stance in the case. The bench gave the said ultimatum to the Centre. The bench while finally adjourning the matter to October 7, has directed the Centre to pay costs of `500 to the Tribunal’s Bar Association.