JAMMU, May 4: High Court has restrained State from operating the seniority list for making promotions to the posts of ETOs.
The order was passed in a petition challenging seniority list dated 04.06.2012, which shows petitioners junior to the private respondents. In the year 2017, somebody filed an application under the RTI Act with the SSRB seeking merit position obtained by the candidates in the selection process and after going through the same the petitioners came to know that the seniority list had been made in violation of the merit list.
After hearing Advocate Abhinav Sharma appearing for the petitioners, Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur observed, “it appears that the private respondents were inferior merit than the petitioners in 2002 batch of Inspector, Excise and Commercial Tax Department. It is stated that although the seniority list was issued in the 2012 yet, the same has not been operated, at all, for 2002 batch”.
“It is stated that the respondents are about to make further promotion to the posts of ETOs ignoring the better merit of the petitioners, which should have been placed at a higher place in the seniority list”, High Court said.
Accordingly, High Court directed that subject to objections from the other side and till next date of hearing impugned seniority list made for the purpose of making promotions to the posts of Excise and Taxation Officers from out of the 2002 batch, be not operated till further orders which includes promotion of the petitioners and the private respondents.