//Shreekumar case: proceedings before CAT stayed

Shreekumar case: proceedings before CAT stayed

Next hearing of the case fixed on July 17

AHMEDABAD: A division bench of the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday admitted a petition of the State Government and stayed all proceedings before the Central Administrative Tribunal till July 17 on the application of the Additional Director-General of Police, R. B. Shreekumar, challenging his alleged supersession.

The division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Y. R. Meena and Justice D. A. Mehta also fixed the next hearing of the case on July 17.

Mr. Shreekumar had filed an application before the CAT alleging mala fide intentions of the State Government in ignoring his claim for promotion even as his juniors were promoted above him simply because he had refused to carry out "illegal instructions" of his superiors including Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the 2002 communal riots in the State. when he was the chief of the intelligence bureau.

His application was pending before the CAT for admission but before the matter was decided by the tribunal, the State Government moved the High Court questioning the CAT's jurisdiction.

The State Government pleader, Additional Solicitor-General Kamal Trivedi, argued that Mr. Shreekumar should have exhausted all other departmental avenues for the redress of his grievances before approaching the CAT.

Mr. Shreekumar's advocate, N. H. Seervai, however, quoting some Supreme Court rulings, argued that the State Government was adopting delaying process and in respect of service conditions such delaying tactics should not be entertained.