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The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ruled in favour of the Accountant-General’s Office on a complaint filed by an assistant audit officer challenging the disciplinary action taken against him by the Accountant-General.

In an August 3 order, the CAT Ernakulam Bench said it was ‘’not convinced that the applicant has made out a case to have the impugned orders of penalty and promotion’’ quashed.

Assistant audit officer G.Saharajan Nair, who is also a member of the Audit Association, was accused of barging into the office of the Deputy AG (Accounts and Entitlements) along with his colleagues in Thrissur on April 30, 2007. He was accused of trying to ‘’forcefully’’ hand over a petition to the AG (A&E), Kerala, V.Ravindran and shouting derogatory slogans when the latter refused to accept it.

According to Saharajan Nair, the AG threw out the memorandum and shouted at the representatives to get out of the room. They had left the room without uttering a word and the applicant was one among the several representatives who met the AG. Later, he was slapped with a memo referring to the provisions of the Central Civil Service (Conduct) Rules which states that Government servants should maintain absolute devotion to duty and do nothing which is unbecoming of a Government servant.

The applicant had requested that no disciplinary action should be taken against him as he had not violated any of the provisions.

But he was found guilty of misconduct and misbehaviour and was demoted to a lower rank for two years. On this, he appealed to the appellate authority.

The appellate authority upheld the earlier decision but had modified the penalty to withholding of one increment for a period of one year from July 1, 2008, without cumulative effect.
Source: Express Buzz

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