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Administrative tribunal stays transfer of IAS officer

Correspondent

CUTTACK: The Cuttack bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) on Tuesday imposed an interim stay on transfer of IAS officer Sangram Keshari Mishra.

The IAS officer now working as consolidation and settlement commissioner in Bhubaneswar was last week asked to join as officer on special duty (OSD) to Member, Board of Revenue in Cuttack, a post created for the first time.

Challenging the December 18 transfer order, the 50-year-old IAS officer alleged that he was being harassed by a senior officer who was having strong bias and vendetta against him.

Mr. Mishra also urged the tribunal to quash his transfer on health and humanitarian grounds.

Stating that he was now seriously ill and had been advised by doctor not to undertake tours,

Mr. Mishra in his appeal also stated that his wife expired leaving behind two girl children in his care who were now studying.

However, without considering the merit of the contentions in the appeal, CAT judicial member Justice K Thankappan admitted the petition and issued notices to the respondents, including the Chief Secretary to file counters in four weeks.

In another interim direction, CAT also asked the Chief Secretary to consider the representation of Mishra with due care having regards to the grounds stated by the applicant within a reasonable time.

“It is also directed that till a decision is taken on (Mishra’s) representation, transfer order shall be kept in abeyance,” CAT order said.

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