The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday struck down the Haryana government’s policy of reservation in promotions on the basis of which 38 Class III and IV employees were promoted since 2006.
The single bench of Justice Rajesh Bindal passed the order on a bunch of petitions filed by employees from various departments who were adversely affected by the policy.
Manjeet Singh, the counsel of the petitioners, said: “The bench also directed the state to revert the promotion of all beneficiaries of this policy with retrospective effect from 2006 within three months”.
The court directed the government not to give reservation benefit in promotions until quantifiable data in support of such a policy was available.
Manjeet Singh said the government did not have a database. “The data preparation started during the hearing of this petition,” he said.
In the petition, it was alleged that the government was extending benefits of reservation in promotion to members of scheduled castes “against roster points, in violation of the settled law”.
On March 16, 2006, the Haryana government had issued instructions, giving the benefit of accelerated seniority to employees belonging to scheduled castes as a consequence of the policy of reservation in promotions.
On August 7, 2012, the high court had quashed these instructions after noticing that the state had not undertaken any exercise to collect quantifiable data for granting reservation in promotions.