HC sets aside CAT order on Hassan DC transfer

HC sets aside CAT order on Hassan DC transfer

HC sets aside CAT order on Hassan DC transfer

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday set aside the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order directing Hassan Deputy Commissioner Rohini Sindhuri to give a representation to the chief secretary challenging her transfer order.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the matter to be heard afresh by the CAT in accordance with law.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Rohini Sindhuri challenging the CAT order, asking her to give representation to the chief secretary against her transfer order. The court stated that Rohini will continue to serve as the deputy commissioner of Hassan till the final order is passed by CAT. The court also directed all parties to maintain status quo till CAT passes its final order. The matter is to be heard by CAT on April 2.

Rohini has contended in the petition that IAS cadre posts have a fixed tenure of two years as per the rules and despite this, she is being transferred from the post of Hassan deputy commissioner for political reasons.

According to her petition, she had cracked down on the mining mafia, which had enraged the local politicians who carried a complaint against her to the chief minister who directed for her premature transfer after succumbing to the political pressure.

The petition states that many IAS officers with long tenure have been spared without subjecting to transfers. Rohini has urged the court to quash the transfer order of March 3, 2018 and the tribunal's order of March 21, 2018. The court directed the petitioners to appear before the CAT on April 2 and disposed of the petition.

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