Former Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Shayin’s PA Poonam Malik got some relief on Friday as the Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the May 22 orders of the Chandigarh Agriculture Marketing Board of terminating her services.
Taking up Malik’s petition, Justice Deepak Sibal also issued a notice of motion to the UT Administration for filing its reply by July 14. The petitioner challenged the May 25 order whereby she was intimated that she had lost her lien in the parent organisation which is Red Cross Society of Chandigarh.
In his capacity as secretary of the board, Shayin, also then UT DC, had in January appointed her as senior assistant in the board. She joined the board on January 15 and on January 21 she was given charge of the post of secretary, Market Committee.
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The petitioner has now made a prayer to the court that she should be allowed to join back either the board or the Red Cross Society on the post of senior assistant with all consequential benefits including continuity of service and arrears of pay.
The court was apprised that Malik had been the regular employee (joined as steno typist) of the Indian Red Cross Society since 1996. She had applied for appointment as senior assistant on transfer/absorption basis in the board on the basis of which she was selected in December last year and her lien was retained in the parent department, it was added. But now she had been rendered jobless after the board had issued her termination order on May 22 allegedly without following any procedure. Also, she was denied joining back the parent department by intimating that there is no notified policy of retaining lien in the Red Cross Society.
It was submitted that as the petitioner tightened the grip over the tax evaders, it resulted in her ouster from the Market Committee on March 12 and she was sent outside her cadre, without seeking her consent. Later, on her representation on March 26, the order of March 12 was withdrawn, but the charge of secretary, Market Committee, was not restored. But on May 5, she was shocked to get the order from the agriculture secretary that she should join her parent department, which the secretary does not have powers to issue, it has been submitted. When she joined back the Red Cross Society, her joining was rejected saying that the society does not have any lien policy.