Ad hoc service cannot be counted for seniority: Himachal HC



Shimla (May 27): Himachal Pradesh High Court today dismissed an appeal by promoted deputy superintendents of police to count their officiating service as DSPs for the purpose of seniority.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Kuldip Singh upheld the decision of the single bench of the
high court. The promoted DSPs had challenged the order of the single bench in a writ petition filed by the directly recruited DSPs, recruited under HP Police Service Rules, 1973, challenging the seniority list in which the state had taken a stand that the ad hoc/ officiating service should count for seniority.

The single Bench of Justice V.K. Sharma had held that the adhoc/ temporary/ officiating service as DSP shall not count for the purpose of seniority. The adhoc appointees were given regular appointment to HPPSC in July 2000, after the directly recruited DSPs started probation, though they had officiating service prior to them. The promotee DSPs were appointed as per rules after undergoing the process of selection under Rule 7 only with effect from July 26, 2000.

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