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Anil Kumar Soni Vs. The Managing Director, Punjab Financial Corporation & Anr [1991] INSC 165 (25 July 1991)

Kasliwal, N.M. (J) Kasliwal, N.M. (J) Punchhi, M.M.

CITATION: 1991 AIR 1840 1991 SCR (3) 184 1991 SCC (3) 624 JT 1991 (3) 315 1991 SCALE (2)219

ACT:

Punjab Financial Corporation (Staff) Regulations, 1961 --Regulation 19(2)--Termination of service of an employee from the post of Assistant Manager on the basis of Board's Resolution, who was confirmed in the post of Assistant Technical Officer--Whether justified-Board's Resolution--Object of--Appointment in new cadre post-Meaning of.

HEAD NOTE:

The appellant was appointed as Assistant Technical Officer in the Punjab Financial Corporation and was con- firmed as Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) on 14.7.1976. Thereafter he applied for the post of Assistant Manager, which was to be filled up by direct recruitment and he was selected and appointed as Assistant Manager on proba- tion on 26.5.1980. The period of probation of the appellant was extended from time to time and ultimately the Respond- ent-Corporation vide its order dated 11th May 1984 terminat- ed the service of the appellant.

The appellant being aggrieved, filed a writ petition, which was dismissed by the High Court against which this Appeal was made.

The appellant contended that even if the order of termi- nation from the post of Assistant Manager during the period of probation was held to be proper, still he was entitled to continue on the post of Assistant Technical Officer on which he was admittedly confirmed.

The Corporation contended that as soon as the appellant was selected for the post of Assistant Manager, the earlier post of Assistant Technical Officer held by the appellant stood abolished; that there was no post of Assistant Techni- cal Officer on which the appellant could have been appointed after his termination of service from the post of Assistant Manager; and that mere selection on the new cadre post of Assistant Manager was sufficient for abolishing the post of Assistant Technical Officer.

Partly allowing the appeal of the employee, this Court, 185

HELD. 1.01. The object of the resolution of the Board was that if an employee of the Corporation was inducted in the new cadre post then the post already held by him shall be abolished from the date of such appointment in the new cadre. The entire purpose of such resolution was that if an employee of the Corporation was appointed in the new cadre post, to be filled up by direct recruitment, then the Corpo- ration did not want to continue the earlier post held by such employee of the Corporation. Thus in the scheme of things such appointment of the employee of the Corporation to the new cadre posts ought to have been confirmed appoint- ment. [187E-G]

1.02. It would be against all canons of justice that confirmed employee of the Corporation though allowed to compete for a new cadre post by direct recruitment, but having not been confirmed on such post, is rat allowed to claim his right even on the lower post on which he had permanent lien to continue. It would be a travesty of jus- tice to throw the person on the streets after a period of service of nine years in the Corporation. [187G-H]

1.03. The post of Assistant Technical Officer held by the appellant as a confirmed employee, could have only been abolished in case he was confirmed on the post of Assistant Manager. [187H]

1.04. The appointment in the new cadre post as mentioned in the resolution of the Board means confirmed appointment on such post. [188A-B]

1.05. The order of termination of the appellant so far as the post of Assistant Manager is concerned is upheld, the respondent--Corporation is directed to allow the appellant to continue on the post of Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) on which he had already been confirmed on 14.7.1976 with all the back wages and other benefits. In case no post of Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) is existing in the Corporation, the appellant can be appointed on any other equivalent post carrying the same scale of pay which the appellant was drawing on the post of Assistant Technical Officer. [188B-D]

CIVIL APPELLATE JURISIDICTION: Civil Appeal No. 2835 1986.

From the Judgment and Order dated 9.5.1985 of the Punjab and Haryana High Court in Civil Writ petition No. 5328 of 1985.

M.K. Ramamurthi. and S.S. Rana for the Appellant.

186 Dr. K.S. Sidhu, Ms. Maldeep Sidhu, J.C. Bubber, Sr. Personal Manager, PFC with him for the Respondents.

The Judgment of the Court was delivered by KASLIWAL, J. This appeal by special leave is directed against the decision of the Punjab & Haryana High Court dated 9.5. 1985. The appellant Anil Kumar Soni was appointed as Assistant Technical Officer in the Punjab Financial Corporation (hereinafter referred to as 'the Corporation').

The appellant was confirmed as Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) on 14.7. 1976. The appellant then applied for the post Of Assistant Manager which was to be filled up by direct recruitment. The appellant was selected and appointed as Assistant Manager on probation on 26.5. 1980. The period of probation of the appellant was extended from time to time and ultimately the Corporation with its order dated 11th May, 1984 terminated the service of the appellant in exer- cise of the powers conferred by Regulation 19(2) of the Punjab Financial Corporation (Staff) Regulations, 1961. The appellant aggrieved against the order the termination filed a writ petition which came to be dismissed by the High CoUrt by the impugned order dated 9.5. 1985.

The only contention raised by Shri M.K. Ramamurthy, learned Senior counsel which appealed to us, is that even if the impugned order of termination from the post of Assistant Manager during the period of probation was held to be prop- er,-still the appellant was entitled to continue on the post of Assistant Technical Officer on which he was admittedly confirmed as back as 14.7. 1976. In order to consider this aspect of the matter it would be proper to consider the respective contentions raised by the learned counsel for the appellant as well as the Corporation. The High Court in this regard took the view that so far as the post i.e. Assistant Technical Officer which the appellant held before he was selected for the post of Assistant Manager is concerned, stood abolished from the date he was appointed to the post of Assistant Manager in view of the resolution of the Board (Annexure R-1/3). The relevant part of the aforesaid Resolu- tion reads as under:

"The various levels of posts, subject to such modifications as may be decided by the Board, may be advertised. Officers of the Corporation who fulfil the requisite qualifica'tions and experience, may apply for these posts and may compete with the candidates from the open market. Within the overall 187 strength proposed earlier. Officers may be selected to various levels of hierarchy depending upon their professional competence and experience...............

The. posts now held by the employees of the Corporation, who happen to be inducted into the new cadre posts, shall be abolished from the date of their appointment to the new cadres..........

Taking support from the above resolution it has been contended on behalf of the Corporation that as soon as the appellant was selected for the post of Assistant Manager, the earlier post of Assistant Technical Officer held by the appellant stood abolished. It has thus been contended that there was no post of Assistant Technical Officer on which the appellant could have been appointed after his termina- tion of service from the post of Assistant Manager by the impugned order dated 9.5. 1985.

We see no force in the above contention. It is an admit- ted position that the appellant was a permanent employee of the Corporation' having been confirmed as Assistant Techni- cal Officer on 14.7. 1976. The Corporation advertised the posts of Assistant Manager to be filled up by direct re- cruitment and the employees of the Corporation were also allowed to compete with the candidates from the market. The appellant was no doubt selected and appointed as Assistant Manager on probation on 26.5.1980 but his services were terminated on 11.5. 1984 during the period of probation and before the confirmation of the appellant on the said post.

The object of the resolution of the Board extracted above was that if an employee of the Corporation was inducted the new cadre post then the post already held by him shall be abolished from the date of such appointment in the new cadre. The entire purpose of such resolution was that if an employee of the Corporation was appointed in the new cadre post to be filled up by direct' recruitment then the Corpo- ration did not want to continue the earlier post held by'- such employee of the Corporation. Thus in the scheme of things such appointment of the employee of the Corporation to the new cadre posts ought to have been confirmed appoint- ment. It would be against all canons of justice that con- firmed employee of the Corporation though allowed to compete for a new cadre post by direct recruitment but having not been confirmed on such post is not allowed to claim his right even on the lower post on which he had permanent lien to continue. It would be a travesty of justice to throw the person on the streets after a period of service of nine years in the Corporation. The post of Assistant Technical Officer held by the appellant as a confirmed employee. could have only been abolished in case he was 188 confirmed on the post of Assistant Manager. The contention of the learned counsel for the Corporation that mere selec- tion on the new cadre post of Assistant' Manager was suffi- cient for abolishing the post of Assistant Technical Officer cannot be accepted. The appointment in the new cadre post as mentioned in the resolution of the Board means confirmed appointment on such post.

In the result we allow the appeal in part, set aside the order of the High Court dated 9.5. 1985 and uphold the impugned order of termination of the appellant so far as the post of Assistant Manager, is concerned, but direct the respondent Corporation to allow the appellant to continue on the post of Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) on which he had already been confirmed on 14.7. 1976 with all the wages and other benefits. It is, however made clear that in case no post of Assistant Technical Officer (Textiles) is existing in the Corporation, the appellant can be appointed on any other equivalent post carrying the same scale of pay which the appellant was drawing on the post of Assistant Technical Officer. The Corporation shall pass appropriate orders to comply our direction within one month from today.

The parties to bear their own costs.

V.P.R. Appeal partly allowed.

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