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HC imposes Rs 2 lakh fine for ‘frivolous’ complaint

In an assertive action against “frivolous” petitions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 2 lakh on Alka Ghai,Secretary,District Red Cross Society,Ambala.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
April 17, 2009 1:00:31 am

In an assertive action against “frivolous” petitions,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday imposed a penalty of Rs 2 lakh on Alka Ghai,Secretary,District Red Cross Society,Ambala.

The Division Bench also set aside her appointment terming it as “fraudulent” and a case of “backdoor entry”. Ghai has been asked to pay the penalty within one month to the Haryana Legal Services Authority.

Ghai had filed a petition with the court challenging an order passed by a single judge Bench on January 25,2008,whereby her appointment as Secretary,District Red Cross Society,Ambala,was ordered to be set aside.

The directions were passed on two petitions filed by Neelam Mohan and J R Verma,both employees with the District Red Cross Society,Ambala. The duo had alleged that Ghai’s political affiliations landed her to the secretary’s post even when she was initially appointed on contract basis on June 20,2000.

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The petitioners alleged that neither was an advertisement for the post issued nor were the employees of the society informed about the same.

In December 2000,Ghai was granted a six-month extension by the Society and was later promoted as a regular employee on February 16,2001. The petitioners had alleged that Ghai was made a regular employee of the society in complete contravention to rules.

It was after the two challenged her appointment in the High Court that the single judge Bench set aside her appointment on January 25,2008,terming it as illegal.

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Ghai,thereafter,filed an appeal before a Division Bench which stayed the orders of the single judge bench. When the matter,however,came up for resumed hearing today,the Bench held the appeal as “frivolous” and ruled that it had “wasted the time” of the court.

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First published on: 17-04-2009 at 01:00:31 am

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