He misbehaved with a woman at Tirupparankundram

The Madras High Court Bench here on Monday dismissed a writ petition filed by a former police constable and confirmed his dismissal from service for having misbehaved with a woman at Tirupparankundram near here in October, 1982.

The First Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Justice Chitra Venkataraman said that it did not want to interfere with the dismissal order as the act of a policeman having harassed a woman late in the night does not augur well for a person belonging to the uniformed service.

The judges pointed out that a departmental enquiry had found S. Royappan guilty of the charge of having misbehaved with the lone woman when he was on his way to the Tirupparakundram police station after completing duty at the Subramaniaswamy Temple on October 24, 1982.

On the basis of the enquiry report, the then Superintendent of Police passed an order dismissing him from service on July 14, 1983.

The constable preferred an appeal. But the Deputy Inspector General of Police dismissed the appeal and confirmed the dismissal order on December 31, 1983.

A review against the dismissal was rejected by the Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) on October 19, 1984 and the Home Secretary too on February 3, 1986 refused to accept the constable’s plea for reinstatement in service despite his claim that the punishment was disproportionate to the charges levelled.

Immediately, the constable filed a writ petition before the Principal Seat of the High Court in Chennai challenging the dismissal order.

In 1997, the High Court ordered transfer of the petition to the Tamil Nadu Administrative Tribunal which dismissed the case on July 31, 2003.

Thereafter, Mr. Royappan did not pursue the matter for long. He filed the present writ petition only in 2009 challenging the tribunal’s order. Not find any reason to interfere with the order; the First Bench said that the tribunal had rightly rejected the petitioner’s plea for reinstatement.

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