IAS officer K. Suresh Kumar was suspened for criticising CMO
Kochi: The Central Administrative Tribunal, Ernakulam Bench, on Tuesday declined to stay an order extending by 180 days the suspension of IAS officer K. Suresh Kumar.
The tribunal refused the plea of the IAS officer when a pending application challenging the suspension came up for hearing. He amended the application and challenged the extension of his suspension.
Mr. Suresh Kumar, Managing Director of the State Cooperative Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, was placed under suspension for criticising the functioning of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
In his application, Mr. Suresh Kumar had submitted that the views attributed to him did not amount to an adverse criticism against the Chief Minister’s Office.
In fact, he had criticised only the conduct of the private secretary and the political secretary of Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, he contended.
The amended application said that the suspension order was issued on December 11, 2008, and a period of 90 days expired on March 10, 2009.
As per Rule 3(1) of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, if no disciplinary proceedings were initiated or commenced before the expiry of 90 days from the date of suspension, the suspension would be invalid.
However, the suspension of the applicant was extended beyond 90 days without initiating disciplinary proceedings. So, the extension of the suspension was illegal.