CAT rejects MCD employee's plea against selection process

Twenty-year ordeal of a junior engineer who challenged the direct selection process of MCD for the post of assistant engineer in 1989 came to an end on a disappointing note with the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) finally dismissing it for being devoid of merit.

"The present case seems to be just a desperate attempt on the part of the applicant to press for a claim which had been found untenable. The averment of discrimination is found to be baseless," the CAT headed by Shanker Raju said.

The tribunal passed the order on a petition of R A Goel, assailing the direct selection process for the post of assistant engineer in 1989 by MCD, and observed that he was not awarded correct marks for experience.

"The claim pertains to the selection process for the year 1989 which by now otherwise also be a closed affair," the CAT said while dismissing Goel's claim. The tribunal said that Goel has not produced any evidence to show that he was being targeted and discriminated by the authorities.

"The claim of Goel has not been found to be tenable on merit and for want of any supporting evidence, we are not inclined to accept this contention of alleged discrimination," the CAT said.

Citing apex court judgements, the tribunal said that whenever pleas of malafide are taken, the burden of proof is on the party alleging it.
Source: The Hindu


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