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Transfer stayed,PCS officer retains Mohali SDM’s post

What comes as an embarrassment to the state government,a woman Punjab Civil Services officer Raghbir Kaur Khaira was successful in retaining her post as the Mohali Sub-Divisional Magistrate despite transfer orders.

What comes as an embarrassment to the state government,a woman Punjab Civil Services (PCS) officer Raghbir Kaur Khaira was successful in retaining her post as the Mohali Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) despite transfer orders.

While disposing of the civil writ petition filed by Khaira on Friday,Justice Permod Kohli of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state government not to implement the impugned order of her transfer till she attains superannuation— due on November 30. On October 6,the state government had ordered the transfer of Khaira,a 1994-batch PCS officer,from the post of Mohali SDM and her new posting order was still awaited. Another PCS officer,Balbir Singh Dhol,was posted as new Mohali SDM.

Aggrieved over the transfer order,Khaira moved the High Court and submitted that she is due to retire on November 30,2009,but has been rendered without any post by the state government. “By dislodging her from her present place of posting,she will face difficulty in settling her pension papers. Otherwise also,according to government norms,no person should be transferred within two years before the date of retirement,” stated her counsel.

Khaira was serving as the Mohali SDM since July 24,2007.While Khaira had not yet relinquished charge,Dhol showed haste in taking over the coveted post on Thursday,when Khaira was on leave. “How can anyone can over when I have not yet handed over charge,” argued Khaira,while returning to her seat this afternoon.

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First published on: 10-10-2009 at 11:30:35 pm
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