HC raps Pepsu officials for harassing employee

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November 11, 2013 | NEWS | Post by: admin

Chandigarh, November 10
Admonishing Pepsu Road Transport Corporation officials for high handedness, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has categorically asserted that their insensitivity and illogical reasoning exposed an employee to rigours of litigation.

Directing Pepsu to pay Rs 50,000 as costs to the employee, the High Court also made it clear that the money has to be paid by officials responsible for creating the murky situation. The strictures came on a petition by Prem Dass through counsel Vijay Sharma. Taking up the matter, Justice Mahesh Grover asserted: “It is a classic case of high handedness and absurd reasoning on part of certain officials of the corporation where the petitioner’s entire misery stems from being its employee.

“The insensitivity and illogical reasoning has sent the petitioner into throes of litigation to get back what was legitimately due to him from the respondents. His claim for promotion against a reserved category eventually became the bane of his troubles”.

Dass had joined as a clerk in general category before obtaining a backward class certificate. Dass told the court that some employees turned inimical towards him after his objections to grant benefits to them saved losses. They, in turn, accused him of obtaining benefit in service on the basis a fraudulent and forged BC certificate.

What followed were rounds of endless litigation, with the petitioner filing no less than five petitions for his dues. He retired in August 2006, but the litigations continued. The criminal law was also set in motion, but the police “mercifully” did not find anything wrong with the certificate.

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