The Madras High Court has set aside an order of a single judge who ordered regularisation of services of a temporary staff in the Assembly Secretariat.

N. Ravichandran, who studied up to Standard VIII, was engaged as an office assistant, by the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat (TNLAS), continuously, from 1989. His services were utilised whenever the Assembly was in session. In spite of the fact that the Assembly Secretariat had absorbed a number of persons who were similarly placed, including his juniors, either as office assistants or in some other posts, Mr. Ravichandran said that his services were not regularised. Hence he filed writ petition before the Madras High Court seeking to regularise him as an office assistant.

In 2011, a single judge directed the TNLAS to regularise him in service. Filing an appeal, the TNLAS sought to quash the order.

Setting aside the single judge’s order, the Bench, comprising Justices M. Jaichandren and M.M. Sundresh said that he was engaged on a temporary basis during the Assembly Sessions which would not give him a right to be regularised in service for the post of office assistant.