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Updated: March 9, 2013 00:47 IST

CAT throws out Madhavan Nair’s petition

Nidhi Surendranath
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G. Madhavan Nair
G. Madhavan Nair

The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) here on Friday dismissed a petition filed by the former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman, G. Madhavan Nair, seeking the quashing of an order terminating a fellowship conferred on him.

The four-year Professor Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professorship was conferred on Mr. Nair on November 11, 2009, a few days after he retired as ISRO chief. It was terminated following a Comptroller and Auditor-General report that alleged irregularities in a deal between Antrix, ISRO’s commercial arm, and Devas Multimedia. The deal was cleared by Mr. Nair when he was ISRO chief.

After the scandal broke in 2012, Mr. Nair and three top ISRO scientists were excluded from re-employment, committee roles or any other important role under the government. His professorship was also terminated prematurely. The Ernakulam Bench of the CAT found that the fellowship was not “a civil post or civil service under the Government of India.” As such, it could not be considered under the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985. The Department of Space had contested that there was no employee-employer relationship in case of the fellowship.

Mr. Nair’s counsel submitted that the order terminating the fellowship “originated from an incompetent authority.”

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Madhavan Nair knows from his long service in ISRO that nobody can fight against an Establishment. I sincerely feel that he should not waste his time and effort in such activities. Instead he may write articles to expedite the ailing GSLV MK II & III launch vehicles.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 11:35 IST

It is high time that the center reviews its policy of reemploying
retired civil servants,Judges of the HC and SC,Ministers,Army Generals various Quango and other positions.Does the country lack talents to assume these responsibilities or is it that loyalty is rewarded at the cost of genuine people down the line who can be rewarded by promotions?Why should most of such Quango posts be given to these people who have already had their innings.And promotion from the ranks will ensure not only loyalty but a better approach to the jobs in question.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Mar 9, 2013 at 06:52 IST
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