Singh, Ex-Sub Inspector Vs. Inspector General of Police & Ors  INSC 451
(1 September 1995)
K. Ramaswamy, K. Hansaria B.L. (J)
1995 SCC (5) 682 JT 1995 (6) 546 1995 SCALE (5)215
O R D
was issued on March 15,
1991 confinedto the
question of punishment.
learned counsel on both sides.
appellant had unblemish record of service all through till 1989. Pursuant to
the promotion given to him as Inspector, he was to deposit the service revolver
and six live cartridges. It is his case that he had to share a room with two
other colleagues as a consequence of which the revolver and six cartridges were
lost and unaccounted for.
exclusive liability may not be appropriate.
is an element of possibility in the contention.
view of the previous unblemish record of service and the plausible explanation
offered by the appellant, we are of the opinion that the extreme punishment of
dismissal from service may not be warranted. Accordingly, we direct the
respondents to modify the punishment of dismissal as one of compulsory
retirement so that the appellant would be entitled to retiral benefits.
appeal is according allowed. There shall be a direction to the respondents to
issue appropriate orders as directed above. Consequently, the appellant would
be entitled to all the terminal benefits which must be computed and paid within
six months from the date of receipt of this order. His pension is also directed
to be released within the above period. No costs.