Shimla, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Himachal Pradesh High Court has ruled that there would be no promotion of government employees from retrospective effect despite administrative delay but in the absence of mala fides.

Division bench of acting Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan observed this as it dissmissed a bunch of petitions pending before it for ruling "The normal rule of law is that nobody can be promoted from a retrospective effect except when there exist facts which necessitate so or there is a rule which permits so."

Retrospective promotion means promotion from the back date. The bench, in an order made available to the media here today, said, "If due to administrative reasons department promotion committee cannot be held in a year, then the person cannot claim retrospective promotion in the absence of mala fides".

"We find that there is not even a single whisper much less a ground taken by the petitioners attributing mala fides against the respondents.

Therefore, in the given facts and circumstances, in absence of mala fides attributed to the respondents, no retrospective promotions can be ordered," said the judges in their order May 17.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)