J. Venkatesan

AIADMK regime had recommended Ramanathan's compulsory retirement

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has implemented the directions of the Central Administrative Tribunal, upheld by the Madras High Court, and re-fixed the seniority of Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer S. Ramanathan.

"Accordingly, Mr. Ramanathan's date of appointment to IPS is re-fixed as November 1, 1984 on the basis of inclusion of his name in the revised select list of 1983 at Sl. No. 10," an order passed by the Ministry a few days ago said.

The Home Ministry order followed a State Government letter dated February 27, expressing difficulty in including Mr. Ramanathan in the revised select list of 1983, as there was no vacancy in the 10th slot. It said the CAT clarification that no fresh Departmental Promotion Committee meeting was necessary might not be acceptable, as it would pave the way for other officers to seek similar relief.

The order said the issue had been re-examined in its entirety. It related to implementation of the orders of the CAT as upheld by the High Court. There was a categorical order in Mr. Ramanathan's favour from the CAT, which had been ratified by the High Court.

"Therefore, in this case, either the orders of the High Court are to be implemented or appealed against in the Supreme Court and a stay order be obtained. So far the Government of India is not aware of any affected party going to the Supreme Court in appeal against the orders of the High Court and obtaining a stay thereon."

The order said the decision of the Government of India, duly supported by the Ministry of Law, "is that this is not a fit case for going in appeal. The Government of India has decided to implement the court orders and, accordingly, his seniority is re-fixed."

The AIADMK government had recommended compulsory retirement of Mr. Ramanathan. The Centre rejected it. After the DMK Government assumed office, his suspension was revoked and he was posted as DIG of Armed Police.