Staff Reporter

The case pertains to their dismissal

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday imposed costs of Rs. 45,000 on the Delhi police and directed them to pay Rs.1,000 each to as many as 45 police personnel in a case pertaining to their dismissal from service following their conviction in cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The Delhi police had in 2006 dismissed from service these police personnel holdings ranks below Station House Officer (SHO) following their conviction by lower courts in corruption cases over the years.

The police personnel had moved the Central Administrative Tribunal the same year challenging their dismissal on the ground that their conviction had not been confirmed by a superior court as they had gone in appeal to the High Court against their conviction by the lower courts.

The Tribunal had allowed their contention and asked the Delhi police to quash their dismissal and put them under suspension till their appeals were decided by the High Court.

The Delhi police had then come in an appeal to the High Court against the Tribunal’s decision, submitting that they had dismissed the convicted police personnel on the basis of a Supreme Court judgment which said that the competent authority had the power to dismiss a convicted government employee.

Plea dismissed

However, a Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Suresh Kait dismissed their plea saying the Supreme Court judgment did not apply to this case as the ruling had come in a case where the conviction of the guilty had been confirmed by the country’s highest court.

The appeals of the police personnel are still pending in the High Court. The lower courts had sentenced them to various terms of imprisonment.