Contempt petition was filed by a junior engineer of the Madurai corporation

The Madras High Court bench here has ordered notice to the Commissioner of Madurai Corporation on a contempt petition filed by a junior engineer of the corporation alleging that the official failed to publish the final seniority list for the post of Assistant Executive Engineer despite an order passed by a single judge.

The petitioner, Indira Devi, claimed in her contempt petition that Justice S. Manikumar, in his order passed on June 25, 2013, had directed the Madurai Corporation Commissioner to publish the list within three weeks.

But the official did not comply with the order, the petitioner alleged.

According to the petitioner, she joined the Town Planning Division of the Madurai Corporation in 1995 as an assistant draughtsman.

The town planning division was merged with the municipal administration and water supply department of the corporation through an order issued in 1996, because of which there was an anomaly in the order of her promotion, she claimed.

Mrs. Devi was promoted as a technical assistant and then as assistant engineer in 2009, she said in her petition. The petitioner was promoted as a junior engineer in 2011 though she was eligible for the post in 2006, she added. Several of her juniors were promoted before her because of the anomaly, she further said.

Mrs. Devi had filed a petition in the court earlier this year seeking a direction to the corporation commissioner to set right the anomaly in her seniority and consider her name to be promoted as an assistant executive engineer.

The commissioner had issued a provisional seniority list rectifying the anomaly in her seniority on April 30, 2013, but has not issued the final seniority list, she claimed. Justice Manikumar directed the official to release the final seniority list within three weeks.

Justice S. Manikumar ordered notice and adjourned the case by four weeks.

The official has been directed to release the final seniority list for the post of Assistant Executive Engineer within three weeks

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