Appoint prof as chief ICAR scientist: HC

The Delhi High Court has directed the Agriculture Scientists Recruitment Board to appoint associate professor of Haryana Agriculture University as a principal scientist in the Indian Council for Agricultural Research.

The court’s order has come after the government informed it that there was no vacancy currently for the petitioner in Agriculture Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) but a post of principal scientist was available in ICAR and he could be accommodated there. 

A bench of justices B D Ahmed and V K Jain directed the ASRB to appoint Virender Singh Lather as a principal scientist in ICAR within eight weeks. “Respondents (Ministry of Agriculture and ASRB) are directed to appoint the petitioner (Lather) to the available post of Principal Scientist (Genetics/Cytogenetics) in ICAR subject to his fulfilling all the requirements, post interview in which he was selected,” the bench said.

Lather had qualified the interview held for the post in 2002 but the ASRB did not appoint him. He had moved the Delhi High Court against the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order dismissing his plea against the ASRB's decision.

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