Engineer accuses minister of favouritism,HC dismisses petition with exemplary costs

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday dismissed a petition - with exemplary costs of Rs 1 lakh - filed by a superintending engineer of the Haryana irrigation department accusing PWD minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and other senior department officers of fixing promotion criteria to benefit their “near and dear ones”.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 16, 2014 11:34:24 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday dismissed a petition – with exemplary costs of Rs 1 lakh – filed by a superintending engineer of the Haryana irrigation department accusing PWD minister Randeep Singh Surjewala and other senior department officers of fixing promotion criteria to benefit their “near and dear ones”.

In his petition,Gulab Singh Narwal,who is currently posted as director of Water Resources in the Irrigation department office at Panchkula,had also alleged that besides his pending promotion he has also become a victim of mental harassment. He had made the Haryana chief minsiter,chief secretary,PWD minister and other officers respondents to the petition.

Narwal,who belongs to Schedule Caste community,had alleged that despite having higher educational qualifications and being senior to Randeep Singh Surjewala’ brother-in-law Arun Malik,his promotion claims were being ignored. Moreover,he alleged,senior officers had tried to downgrade his Annual Confidential Report.

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