The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Madras Bench, on Monday dismissed a petition by R. Nataraj, DGP/Director of Fire and Rescue Services (DFRS), challenging the posting of Letika Saran as the Director-General of Police, Tamil Nadu.

In its order, a tribunal Bench consisting of K. Elango and R. Satapathy, Members, said Mr. Nataraj had not established any arbitrariness. He had not pointed out any specific violation of rules in the appointment of Ms. Saran as DGP.

Counsel for Mr. Nataraj raised several contentions such as that Ms. Saran, being junior than him and others, ought not to have been appointed as DGP; the process of selection and appointment was not followed by constituting the screening committee as per the rules and the senior-most DGP should have been promoted consequent to the vacancy that arose when K.P. Jain proceeded on leave.

In its order, the CAT said even though it was claimed by the applicant that he had been empanelled by the Union government in the panel of DGP as per a memo in May last year, a perusal of the same disclosed that it was not the panel drawn to fill the post of DGP, Tamil Nadu.

Subsequent to the memo, the Union government had equated the post of DFRS in the cadre of DGP so as to enable the applicant to draw a higher pay and allowances.

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