In this post we will discuss about wrongful sacking of a driver over a Facebook post against Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant.
PHHC interferes in wrongful sacking of Bus Driver.
HARYANA DRIVER DISMISSED OVER FACEBOOK POST AGAINST DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER DUSHYANT CHAUTALA REINSTATED
This incident once again brought in our notice the arbitrary decision making and abuse of power. The driver Panna lal, a contractual driver with sub-division officer (civil) was terminated from his services due to his remarks over Deputy CM Dushyant chautala on facebook. The order was made by SDM Hansi Jitendra Ahlawat, stated in his order that he received a whatsapp message on December 11, showing driver panna lal’s post against chautala. He describes it as grave offence and contrary to the rules. In his order he also mentioned that the driver is dismissed from his services with immediate effects after being indicted in preliminary inquiry.
The driver approached the high court against his order of dismissal submitting that the order was made without conducting any preliminary inquiry but the order mentioned that a probe had been held.
In the recent development, the Haryana government has withdrawn its order of sacking the driver from his services. The additional chief secretary of department of revenue and disaster management Sanjeev Kaushal informed the Punjab and Haryana high court about government decision to withdraw the order of termination of driver. The high court asked Sanjeev Kaushal to appear in person in order to assist in the matter.
The apprehension clouding the matter was that services of Panna lal might again be dispensed with by the authorities after the inquiry. In order to have a fair and unbiased inquiry, the counsel of the driver Anil Mehta, submitted before the court that to prevent a political witch hunt the inquiry should be held outside hisar district. Justice Anil Kshetarpal of the HC observed that the contention was premature at this stage since no inquiry has been initiated by the state. The judge granted liberty that the petitioner may raise the said contention at the appropriate time in case the inquiry is made against him.
This post is written by Abhishek Pathak
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