Observing that the rejection order passed by the authorities does not warrant any interference of the court, the judge dismissed the petition.
MADURAI: Madras high court has dismissed a plea moved by a man seeking compassionate appointment on the ground that he had not submitted his application within the stipulated three years from the date of death of his father.
Petitioner R Arul Pandian’s father was a sanitary worker at the regional directorate of municipal administration in Madurai when he died during service in 2011, leaving him, his mother and sister as legal heirs. Since the petitioner was a minor at that time, he had submitted an application seeking compassionate appointment after attaining majority and completing his BCom degree in 2015. However, the authorities rejected the request on the ground that application for compassionate appointment was not submitted within the prescribed three years. Challenging it, Arul Pandian moved HC Madurai bench seeking compassionate appointment.
Justice D Krishnakumar observed that the Supreme Court and this court in earlier decisions had held that applications for compassionate appointment submitted beyond the period of three years cannot be entertained. The GO dated January 23, 2020 of the labour and employment department had clearly prescribed this time limit to submit the application. In this case, the petitioner’s father died in 2011 and he, after attaining majority, submitted the application for compassionate appointment only after four years in 2015. Observing that the rejection order passed by the authorities does not warrant any interference of the court, the judge dismissed the petition.