In a benchmark order, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the review of a list of promotees prepared by the Home Ministry in 2014 based on the Departmental Promotion Committee’s (DPC) recommendation for IPS induction for that year.
The step comes two years after SP Sanjay Shintre alleged negligence in the calculation of his seniority for IPS promotion.
Shintre (47), who is currently posted in Nagpur in Maharashtra Police’s Highway Police wing, had claimed that the DPC, which is a part of the Home Department, had been negligent in calculating his seniority, which had in turn affected his promotion.
The order means that Shintre may soon get promoted to the IPS after the two-year-long wait.
The CAT, in its seven-page order given on July 6 has said, “We direct the respondents to hold a review selection committee for the year 2014, based on the revised and final seniority list of 2003. Consider the case of the applicant (Sanjay Shintre) for promotion into the IPS based on seniority, merit and other parameters that were taken into account while making the recommendation for the 2014 select list.”
The order further stated that the review shall be carried out within a period of three months from the date of receipt of a copy of the CAT order. And in the case of the applicant, Sanjay Shintre, being recommended for the year 2014, necessary orders shall be issued within a further period of two months. The CAT had been established in 1985 to resolve the disputes related to recruitment and the conditions of service of those engaged in public services with central and state authorities.
Breathing a sigh of relief as he spoke to Mumbai Mirror, Shintre said, “I am happy that finally justice has been done. My seniority being reviewed will show that I did the right thing by complaining against the negligence.”
Advocate Rajeshwar Panchal, who appeared for Shintre, said, “This is a landmark judgement given by CAT. It is a difficult task to change or review an IPS notification published by the UPSC. We had been struggling to get the corrections done since 2014.”
According to the petition made by Shintre, based on a seniority list of officers published in 2003, a list of promotees based on their seniority was made in 2014 with names of 30 police officers. While Shintre should have been on the 11th spot, he was placed on the 23rd spot instead, with 12 of his junior officers being placed ahead of him.
In 2014, when 10 state police officers were inducted into the IPS, Shintre missed his chance as his name was at the incorrect position in the seniority list. “This mistake was not corrected by the Maharashtra government’s Home Department despite the Director General of Police having sent a request to them regarding the matter,” Panchal said.
Before approaching the CAT, Shintre had approached the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal against the negligence too.
When asked that considering Shintre gets the promotion after the review, how it will affect the officer who was promoted in his place, Panchal said that it is upto the UPSC and state government. Shintre is an officer from the 1996 batch of the MPSC (Maharashtra Public Service Commission) and joined service in 1998 as DySP (Deputy Superintendent).
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