Hopes are still there for senior IAS Rajeev Kumar after the Allahabad High Court rejected a petition seeking termination of his services, on Tuesday.
The officer is presently in jail after being convicted in the matter of allotting plots in Gautam Buddh Nagar district in 1990s when he was Deputy CEO of Noida Authority and was consequently sentenced three years imprisonment by CBI court.
The Public Interest Litigation filed by former Punjab DGP Julio Ribeiro and a number of other retired civil servants got rejected by a Division Bench, comprising Justice Dilip Gupta and Justice RN Kakkar. The Litigation stated that as per the All India Service (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, Kumar deserved “major punishment” following his conviction in a corruption case.
Kumar argued that, dismissal of service could not be effected without completing departmental procedures. He also gave reference of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Neera Yadav, now retired from service and the then Chairman of Noida Authority, has also been convicted and is currently in a jail.
As a consequence, court dismissed the PIL seeking his dismissal.