SC sets aside HC order on Kovlekar
The Supreme Court has set aside the interim order of the high court of Bombay at Goa that had recently paved the way for Laxman Kolvekar to take charge as chief electrical engineer on officiating basis of electricity department.
The state government had challenged the high court order before the Supreme Court. Additional solicitor general of India, Atamaram Nadkarni, who appeared for the Goa government in the Supreme Court told GoaChronicle.com that he argued that the “high court has virtually rewritten service jurisprudence at the interim stage” and that “Kolvelar has no right to be appointed or continue as chief electric engineer”. He further stated that the apex court vacated the intern order passed by the high court.
The high court of Bombay at Goa in an interim order last month had stayed the June 1 order appointing N Neelakanta Reddy as CEE on officiating basis. The high court upheld the argument of Laxmikant D Kolvekar that he was “discriminated” against as he was the senior-most meritorious employee in the department.
The high court stated that allowing the government order to continue Reddy would cause grave injustice to Kolvekar. The interim order was passed by justice F M Reis and Justice Nutan Sardessai. Senior advocate S D Lotlikar argued for the petitioner, Kolvekar. Following the high court interim order, Kolvekar assumed charge as chief electrical engineer last month.
Kolvekar had approached the high court challenging the government’s decision to relieve him from the post in May. He had alleged that he had not handed over charge of the office as required under the relevant rules and that his “office was barged into, name plate removed and files cleared” in his absence.