Special Correspondent

KSEB Assistant Engineer post

Order to finalise list in three months

Promotion given subsequently should also be revised

KOCHI: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered that the fresh seniority list giving appropriate seniority to the direct recruits appointed in 1989 to the post of Assistant Engineer (Electrical) in Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) be prepared in the ratio as prescribed by the recruitment rules.

Justice S. Siri Jagan also ordered that the seniority list should be finalised in three months.

If any subsequent list had been prepared, the same shall be revised accordingly.

The court also ordered that the promotion given subsequently should also be revised and higher grade should be revised accordingly within a month.

The court passed the directives on a writ petition filed by N. Venugopal, Assistant Engineer, Erection Division, Seethathode, Pathanamthitta, and another Assistant Engineer from Kollam challenging the action of the KSEB excluding them from the seniority list.

As per the recruitment rules, the posts of Assistant Engineers should be filled up in the ratio of 1:4:3:2 from graduate engineers in service, engineering graduates from open merit, from those promoted from diploma holders and also from certificate holders.

The electricity board had not been following these rules.

The court observed that the seniority should be fixed based on the ratio prescribed in the rule.

Petition dismissed

Justice R. Basant dismissed a writ petition filed by Chandramathi Amma, senior manger, the Kerala State Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO), seeking to quash the police report, including her as accused in a case relating to the cheating of depositors by Sabarinath. The court noted the allegation of the petitioner that the police report did not contain the details about the precise nature of the complicity of the petitioner in the crime. But the court said that this did not persuade it to spare the petitioner from the investigation.

The court said the petitioner should cooperate with the investigation and reveal the details known to her and help in the proper conduct of the investigation.

Plea adjourned

A court adjourned to October 15 a petition seeking a directive to the Union and the State governments to ensure that Ignatius Zaka I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch, who was coming here for medical treatment, would not participate in any religious ceremonies.