Sunday, March 13, 2011

HC: Abuses cannot be grounds for dismissal

Abuses cannot be grounds for dismissal: HC

Abhinav Garg, TNN | Mar 13, 2011, 05.24 am IST

NEW DELHI: Cuss words are commonly used by jawans while communicating with each other and cannot be held as a ground for dismissal from service, Delhi high court said on Saturday while ordering the re-instatement of a CISF trooper dismissed for using an expletive with a senior. 

"The experience of life resolves more than the logic of the law. Our experience guides us that the jawans do speak street language while communicating with each other and liberally spice queries with abuses. Queries with abuses are in the form of words "madarc**d", "behanc**d". Quizzing a jawan as to where was he going, it is not uncommon to hear him say, "behanc**d kahan ja raha hai", or when a jawan returns, the other saying "behanc**d aa gaya", a division bench comprising Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Suresh Kait noted while granting relief to petitioner Krishna Pal Singh, a constable dismissed from the CISF Unit IOC, Panipat. 

Singh's case was filed following an incident on Dec 16, 2002. He was involved in a spat with his senior sub-inspector, R L Pandit, who was the shift in-charge of the CISF Unit IOC, Panipat. Singh alleged that Pandit triggered the spat and slapped him; the latter maintained it was Singh who abused and assaulted him. 

A preliminary inquiry was conducted and Singh was suspended with immediate effect from Dec 17, 2002. He told the inquiry panel that on Dec 16, 2002, he was unwell when his duty was over late in the evening. When his reliever failed to show up, he contacted Pandit over the telephone and wanted to know why the reliever had not arrived. Unable to get a satisfactory explanation, Singh left his post and ran into Pandit who roundly abused him, as per Singh's version. 

An inquiry followed that indicted Singh. He was handed out compulsory retirement but with full pensionary benefits. "In the backdrop of the facts noted by us which has preceded the spat, the greater probability rests in the probable fact that when the petitioner reported at gate No 1, sub-inspector R L Pandit, with the usual pleasantry, uttered expletive language. Being unwell, the petitioner was in a little foul mood and did not accept the dialogue as the usual customary exchange of pleasantries, and this triggered off the spat followed by jostling," the bench said in its order, setting aside the penalty. 

"We find that neither the disciplinary authority, nor the appellate authority nor the revisional authority has analyzed the facts keeping in view the backdrop circumstances and the facts. The sub-inspector had deposed 
incorrect facts," the bench added. 

The court dismissed the opinion of the inquiry officer as "purely surmises and conjectures" and ruled that Singh should be reinstated in service immediately and given full wages from March 10. The pension he had been getting since his dismissal would be treated as compensation. 

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