Fake SC certificate: HC orders compulsory retirement, pension cut for IGCAR employee

Chennai, Apr 28 (PTI) The Madras High Court on Thursday directed for the compulsory retirement and 60 per cent cut in pensionary benefits for a man who got employed at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Energy in Kalpakkam near Chennai after producing fake community certificate.

A division bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and Mohammed Shaffiq gave the ruling against D Ganesan, Scientific Assistant, while disposing of a writ petition from the IGCAR, today.

The charge against Ganesan was that though he was over aged, he had gained entry into the IGCAR by producing a fake certificate to the effect that he belonged to scheduled caste (SC) community, in 1989. He was given five years of age relaxation. When the truth came out in 2012, he was arrested and placed under suspension, But the suspension was revoked within a month.

The matter went to the Central Administrative Tribunal here, which in September, 2013 took a lenient view as the appointee had by then put in more than 26 years of service and earned as many as five promotions on merit.

He was also the recipient of the Prime Minister’s appreciation certificate, it noted.

By producing the fake certificate, he had enjoyed age relaxation alone, it pointed out and held that inasmuch as a criminal case was pending on the same set of facts, the disciplinary proceedings must be kept in abeyance until finality was reached in the criminal proceedings, the CAT had held.

After a gap of seven years, the IGCAR filed the present writ petition challenging the CAT’s 2013 order.


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Source: PTI