Madras High Court Upholds Promotion Criteria: Service Years and Experience Must Align with Regulations

In a recent ruling on Writ Petitions, the Madras High Court, presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice Mummineni Sudheer Kumar, addressed the case of G. Ravichandran vs. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Salem) Ltd. The court emphasized that meeting the prescribed years of service and practical experience is imperative for employees to be eligible for promotion.

Here’s what happened:

  • G. Ravichandran joined Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TSTC) as a Record Clerk (Company Trainee) in 1988.
  • Over time, he climbed the ranks, eventually reaching the position of Senior Superintendent.
  • During his tenure, Ravichandran obtained a law degree and aimed for promotion to Assistant Manager (Legal) within the corporation.
  • Despite possessing the required qualifications, he was overlooked for promotion, while his less qualified juniors were promoted.
  • Aggrieved, Ravichandran filed two writ petitions challenging the promotion decisions.
  • He argued that his law degree made him eligible for the Assistant Manager (Legal) position as per Common Service Rules.
  • The Respondents countered that Ravichandran lacked practical experience in civil or mofsel courts, a requirement for the position.
  • They also pointed out that he hadn’t completed the mandated five years of service as a Senior Superintendent.
  • The court concurred, noting his recent appointment as a Senior Superintendent and lack of requisite service duration.
  • Additionally, the court observed Ravichandran’s deficiency in practical legal experience, crucial for the role.
  • It found the corporation’s seniority list and promotion criteria aligned with relevant rules and regulations.
  • Consequently, the court dismissed Ravichandran’s petitions, ruling against his claims.

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