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Quota in promotions: SC closes contempt proceedings against union home secy

It was alleged that the officer violated the apex court order of April 15, 2019 asking for the maintenance of status quo with regard to promotion of officers

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Supreme Court | Ministry of Home Affairs | Ajay Kumar Bhalla

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 



Ajay Kumar Bhalla
Ajay Bhalla, Secretary in the Union Ministry of Home

The Tuesday closed the contempt proceedings against Ajay Bhalla, the secretary in the Union (MHA), initiated over alleged violation of the court order for maintaining status quo on implementation of quotas for SC/ST officers in promotion in central government jobs.

The top court had in April 2021 issued the contempt notice to the senior IAS officer, posted as the secretary with the MHA since August 23, 2019 for allegedly violating its order.

It was alleged that the officer violated the apex court order of April 15, 2019 asking for the maintenance of status quo with regard to promotion of officers.

However, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) promoted 149 officers on an ad-hoc basis in 2020.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat took note of the submissions of Attorney General K K Venugopal, representing the officer, and ordered closure of the contempt proceedings.

"Having heard the counsel for contempt petitioners and the attorney general for India has advanced submissions on behalf of contempt petitioners, we see no reason to entertain the contempt petition. The petition is disposed of.

This shall not however be taken as reflection of merits of the matter which will be gone into in pending appeals," the bench said in the order.

The central government had said over 2,000 posts were lying unoccupied due to order to maintain status quo in regular promotions.

The status quo order was passed on a plea relating to grant of quota in promotions to the employees belonging to the SC/ST categories.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Tue, September 06 2022. 22:21 IST

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