Posts the matter for further hearing on March 14

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered private notice to R.Nataraj, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) on a writ petition seeking a direction to the Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department to conduct an enquiry pursuant to the petitioner’s complaint to the Governor.

In his petition, M. Ramasamy, a Member of the Commission from May 2006 to May 2012, said Mr.Nataraj, a former Director-General of Police, was appointed Chairman of the Commission on January 23, 2012. The petitioner alleged that the Chairman functioned “contrary to Rules of Procedure and started taking ad hoc decisions without considering the fact that the third respondent Commission is a collective body and the administrative decision should be taken only with collective wisdom on the basis of majority views of the members.

The petitioner, citing two instances, said the Chairman “acted arbitrarily, unreasonably and unilaterally.” He also did not follow mandatory procedures in several cases.

When the matter came up before Justice S.Rajeswaran, the TNPSC counsel produced a communication from the Commission Secretary in which it had been stated that he (Secretary) had been asked to give a fact-finding report on the allegations against Mr.Nataraj, made in the complaint to the Governor.

The Judge recorded the counsel’s submission and ordered private notice to the Chairman. He posted the matter for further hearing on March 14.