Nagpur: The Zilla Parishad (ZP) Nagpur maintained in the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that the suspension of 10 employees of its Public Works Department was as per rules. The ZP’s then Chief Executive Officer Kadambari Balkavade had suspended the 10 employees for misleading the administration to enjoy a tour package in Bangkok with a contractor. The next hearing in the case will be held on June 22.
20 employees of the Public Works Department of the ZP Nagpur had jointly taken leave by citing misleading reasons like pilgrimage, illness and marriage; and they all had gone to enjoy holiday in Bangkok on the expenses of a contractor. Since it is unethical to accept gift from a contractor, a departmental enquiry was instituted against the employees. But 10 of the employees had failed to provide satisfactory details about the journey and its expenses.
Taking action on this, Executive Engineer of the department Neeta Thakre had announced in the ZP’s general meeting last month that then CEO Kadambari Balkavade had suspended the 10 employees. When the CEO didn’t revoke the order despite pressure, the suspended employees had approached the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, which had stayed the suspension order and had directed the ZP to file its reply in the matter by June 8.
In its reply, the counsel for ZP Nagpur submitted in the High Court that the suspension was done after a departmental enquiry and was as per rules.