HC refuses to stay BMRCL recruitments

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Bangalore, May 23: The High Court, on Thursday, refused to stay the recruitment to various posts in Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and adjourned the matter.

City-based advocate Bajantri Madappa had filed a petition seeking that the notifications dated January 23, May 14 and May 15, 2013, issued by BMRCL be set aside, contending that appropriate procedures had not been followed and rules regarding reservation had been violated.

Hearing the petition to fill up 46 vacancies in various categories, the division bench comprising Justice H Billappa and Justice Javed Rahim said the recruitments will be subject to the result of the writ petition. The petitioner has stated that people from weaker sections had been deprived of appointments and sought that the notifications be quashed.

Stating that even in contract and temporary appointments of not less than 45 days as per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs dated September 29, 1968, the employer needs to follow reservation rules, the petitioner alleged, “the respondent company (BMRCL) has claimed that there was no provision for extending reservations for weaker sections in contract appointments, which is not true.”

Citing the BMRCL claim that it has adopted Government of India rules for reservation, the petitioner said the company is situated in the State, is using the resources available here and has to adopt and follow rules of reservation of the State government. He gave the example of the Chennai Metro Rail Corporation Limited, which has adopted reservation rules of Tamil Nadu government.

The petitioner had also sought that the walk-in interview scheduled on May 24 be stayed. However, the bench refused to grant the interim prayer and adjourned the matter.

No relief on KAT order

The High Court has refused to interfere with the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal (KAT) order, refusing an interim direction in connection with the transfer of D Venkataswamy, the Cubbon Park ACP. He had sought a stay on his transfer order.

Venkataswamy was transferred in April and was replaced by D Lokesh. Challenging this in KAT, the appellant contended that he was posted here (Cubbon Park station) in September 2012, while he still had eight months of service and his transfer was illegal and untimely. Though KAT admitted his plea, it refused to grant interim relief.

Venkataswamy moved the High Court, challenging the KAT order refusing to grant him interim relief.

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