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Ghanshamdas Srivastava Vs. State of Madhya Pradesh - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectService
CourtSupreme Court of India
Decided On
Judge
Reported in[1971(22)FLR109]; (1971)3SCC802
ActsConstitution of India - Article 311(2);
AppellantGhanshamdas Srivastava
RespondentState of Madhya Pradesh
Excerpt:
.....years back. direction given to appellants to pay the amount due with interest. - in that petition he stated that one of the reasons for his failure to appear was that he was not paid the subsistence allowance even though he had made repeated requests in that behalf......appellant made representations to the government and to the enquiry officer that he was not being paid subsistence allowance and on that account he was unable to appear at the place of enquiry which was five hundred miles away from the place where he was residing the enquiry officer proceeded to hold and enquiry ex parte. he re-ported his findings to the appointing authority. the appointing authority accepted the report and required the appellant to show cause why he should not he dismissed from service. the appellant's re-quest to grant a personal hearing was rejected and an order dismissing the appellant from service was passed. the appellant then submitted a petition for quashing the order of dismissal. in that petition he stated that one of the reasons for his failure to appear was.....
Judgment:

Shah, C.J.

1. The appellant who was employed as a forest ranger by the State of Madhya Pradesh was on October 21, 1964 ordered to be suspended for certain alleged dereliction of duty. A charge-sheet along with a statement of the charge was supplied to him on the same day and he was called upon to appear before an Enquiry Officer. The appellant made representations to the Government and to the enquiry officer that he was not being paid subsistence allowance and on that account he was unable to appear at the place of enquiry which was five hundred miles away from the place where he was residing The enquiry officer proceeded to hold and enquiry ex parte. He re-ported his findings to the appointing authority. The appointing authority accepted the report and required the appellant to show cause why he should not he dismissed from service. The appellant's re-quest to grant a personal hearing was rejected and an order dismissing the appellant from service was passed. The appellant then submitted a petition for quashing the order of dismissal. In that petition he stated that one of the reasons for his failure to appear was that he was not paid the subsistence allowance even though he had made repeated requests in that behalf. There was no specific denial of this averment in the petition by the State of Madhya Pradesh. In the affidavit of the State it was averred that 'the petitioner also requested for subsistence allowance which case is being dealt with separately and has no relevance to the petition. The petitioner, it may be mentioned received his subsistence allowance'. The petitioner was also informed that he should comply with the enquiry officer's order and proceed with the departmental enquiry'. At the hearing before the High Court it appears that this matter was not agitated and the High Court rejected the petition holding that there was due compliance with the requirements of Article 311(2) of the Constitution. If the grievance raised before us by the counsel on behalf of the appellant that he was not paid the subsistence allowance and on that account he was unable to make himself present before the Enquiry Officer is true we must hold that the proceeding before the Enquiry Officer would be vitiated and the final order of the appointing authority can-not be sustained. But. since the High Court has not made any investigation into this question which has vital bearing on the appellant's case, we direct that the proceeding be remanded to the High Court and the High Court do hear the parties on the question whether the appellant was paid the subsistence allowance at any time before the disposal of the hearing before the Enquiry Officer, and whether on account of non-payment of the subsistence allowance he was unable to appear before the Enquiry Officer. The High Court will deal with and dispose of the matter on the merits and in accordance with the law. We are not expressing any opinion on the correctness or otherwise of the views expressed by the High Court in the Judgment under appeal. No order is to costs.


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