No relief from Bombay HC to CISF guard dismissed from service for sleeping while on duty at thermal power plant

NewsDrum Desk
23 Nov 2022

Mumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) The Bombay High Court has refused to grant any relief to a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable dismissed from service for sleeping while on duty at the Mauda Thermal Power Plant in Nagpur, noting he was the member of a disciplined force entrusted to guard an establishment of public importance.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Abhay Ahuja on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Kyatale Santosh Ramesh, who was dismissed from the CISF in March 2021 for indiscipline and sleeping on duty.

Ramesh was posted as a guard at one of the watchtowers at the thermal power plant in Nagpur.

His superior had found him sleeping while on night duty and in the past also, warnings were issued to him for indiscipline and gross negligence towards his duty.

Ramesh in his petition claimed the punishment of dismissal from duty was disproportionate to the gravity of the alleged offence committed by him.

The bench, however, said the contention was untenable and a sympathetic view could have been taken if the petitioner had made out a case that he slept on duty for reasons beyond his control.

“However, the facts found to be proved are quite glaring. The petitioner, a member of a disciplined force entrusted to guard a plant of public importance, was found to be in deep slumber while on night duty,” the court said in its order which was made available on Wednesday.

The HC said this was not a solitary case of negligence on the part of the petitioner while discharging his official duty and in the past also he was found to be negligent and was let off with warnings.

“Hence, the finding that the petitioner was a habitual offender cannot be said to be a perverse finding,” the bench said while refusing relief. PTI SP GK GK

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