He was terminated from service for ‘suppressing facts’

The Madras High Court bench here has directed the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to reinstate an employee, who was terminated from service for suppressing facts regarding his involvement in a criminal case.

In his petition, M.Balasundaram from Virudhunagar stated that he was recruited as a constable/driver by the CISF in 2008. He was under two-year probation when the commandant of a CISF unit in Uttar Pradesh, where the petitioner was working, terminated his service on October 5, 2010.

According to Mr.Balasundaram, the CISF authorities told him that he was not found suitable for permanent appointment. Mr.Balasundaram then moved the court challenging the termination order.

In his counter-affidavit, the commandant of the CISF unit in Dadri, UP, claimed that Mr.Balasundaram had suppressed details of his involvement in a criminal case.

Therefore, he was terminated from service, his counsel contended.

Produces documents

However, the petitioner produced documents submitted at the time of his appointment, in which he had stated that he was convicted in a criminal case.

He further produced the character verification certificate obtained from the Rajapalayam police who had mentioned that the petitioner was convicted under Sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code in 2004, and paid a fine of Rs.1,500 in the case.

Justice T.S.Sivagnanam, in his judgment, ordered the CISF to reinstate the petitioner in service, without back wages.

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