The Delhi High Court on Friday upheld the central governments decision forfeiting four years service of a police officer for demanding bribe to bail out a driver and release his vehicle in a rash and negligent driving case in 1999.
Allowing the appeal of Delhi government against the Central Administrative Tribunals (CAT) order,a bench of justices B D Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul set aside the Tribunals order in which the Home Ministry was directed to restore the four years of service of the officer and pay him all financial benefits.
Observing that the disciplinary proceedings were initiated to bring out the truth,the court said the inquiry officer had conducted the probe within the rules prescribed under the Delhi Police (Punishment and Appeal) Rules.
We find that the Inquiry Officer was well within his powers to ask questions to the witnesses in order to establish the identity of the delinquent officer and his approach was in accordance with the procedural requirements contemplated under Rule 16 of the said rules….the impugned order cannot be sustained. The petition is allowed, the bench said.