Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notice to its Registrar (Administration) and a senior assistant, Ankita Marya, in a petition filed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Employees Welfare Association and a junior assistant Vinod Dhatterwal. The appointment of Ankita Marya has been challenged alleging that her appointment is illegally made on compassionate grounds.
It has been stated in the petition that under the policy for compassionate appointments, issued by Punjab government and as adopted by the High Court, compassionate appointments can be made only to Group C and D posts, whereas Ankita Marya, who is widow of late Dr Atul Marya, former Chief Judicial Magistrate has been appointed as Senior Assistant, a Group B post, in violation of the policy. The petitioners have stated that in Umesh Nagpal’s case (1994), the Supreme Court had ruled that “The posts in Classes III and IV are the lowest posts in the non-manual and manual categories and hence they alone can be offered on compassionate grounds, the object being to relieve the family of the financial destitution and to help it to get over the emergency.
If the dependent of the deceased employee finds it below his dignity to accept the post offered, he is free to do so. The post is not offered to cater to his status, but to see the family through the economic calamity.”
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