Nearly a year after he was terminated from service,allegedly for harassing and pressurizing a state civil services officer,Ashwani Kumar Shori has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court demanding that his termination orders be quashed.
Shori,who then an Additional District and Sessions Judge (ADJ) in Haryana,in his petition has alleged a senior High Court judge of being vindictive towards him. The petitioner has also claimed that the judge,recently transferred from Punjab and Haryana High Court,was his class fellow and that Shori had been referring number of cases and had been sharing fee with him (High Court judge),when he had been practising as an advocate at Chandigarh.
Stating this,Shori has submitted in this petition that the High Court judge,who spoiled his (Shoris) annual confidential report,should have recused from doing so. The petition was filed in the High Court on Wednesday and has been referred to another bench by a division bench.
Earlier in July last year,the High Court had terminated the services of Shori for allegedly harassing and pressurizing Sanjeev Verma,a whistleblower Haryana state civil services officer,under the influence of the then deputy commissioner of Kaithal.
Verma,during his stint as ADC,Kaithal,had unearthed the illegal practices adopted by officials of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in April 2007.
The inspection report made by the High Court Judge,who was posted at Punjab and Haryana High Court,states that there have been complaints against the officer (Shori)… has been found to have favoured an officer in the district in an enquiry… tried to pressurise a witness/complainant in a criminal trial.
The report also stated that instead of probing the role of the then DC,Kaithal,Shori had shifted the focus towards Verma the witness in the case.
In his petition before the High Court,Shori has stated that he did not know the then DC and had never contacted him. Shori has alleged that there might be some inimical feelings or professional jealousies of the High Court judge because of which he started finding ways and means to dispense with his (Shori) services. Shori HAS alleged that he was humiliated by the High Court judge
Shori in his petition has also annexed a letter which he had written to the then Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court explaining his side. Shori had submitted that the inquiry conducted against him was without his knowledge and that he was never afforded an opportunity to explain his side.
The petition will come up for hearing next week.