Adopting diametrically different attitudes on similar cases involving different individuals is tantamount to human rights violation, Kerala State Human Rights Commission has said.

The commission’s member R. Natarajan gave this ruling on Monday after hearing a petition filed by C.S. Shyam Das, employed as a sweeper in Alappuzha District Cooperative Bank.

Mr. Shyam Das had received the job in the bank in 2005 when his father, who had been a sweeper with the bank, died in harness. The bank follows the policy of giving job to a dependent of any employee who dies while in service and the post to which the appointment is given is determined by the dependent’s qualification. His complaint was that, while he was posted as a sweeper, another person with the same educational qualification was given posting as a peon under the same policy of the bank. He had passed Plus Two.

The bank argued before the commission that the person who was appointed as peon was given the position on the basis of an order of the High Court of Kerala. The Registrar of Cooperatives, whose explanation was sought by the commission, took the stand that Mr. Shyam Das’ appointment as sweeper was without the approval of the government and so he could not be promoted.

The petitioner could not be faulted for this, the commission said in its order. Only the bank was responsible for procedural errors in the appointment, if any. The direction of the High Court in a case of similar nature was applicable in the case of Mr. Shyam Das also. The bank could not take the stand that he too should approach the High Court.