High Court sets aside CAT order transferring Alapan’s plea to Delhi

Calcutta High Court denied the Central Administrative Tribunal's principle bench judgment to transfer former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay's case to Delhi on Friday, giving some comfort. The Court ordered the CAT's Kolkata Bench to decide the case as soon as possible. Bandyopadhyay had appealed the order to the High Court. The recommendations to transfer the case from Kolkata to Delhi were denied by the court.

The CAT Chairman has ordered that the case be to be from the Central Administrative Tribunal's Calcutta Bench to the Principal Bench in Delhi. On October 22, the transfer order was issued.

The Bench consisting of Justices Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya and Rabindranath Samanta mentioned, "The whole modus operandi adopted by the Centre reeks of mala fides. It is unfortunate that the Principal Bench of the CAT nurtured such efforts by passing the impugned transfer order, whereby paying obeisance to the diktat of the Centre, which has been repeatedly held by the Supreme Court and various High Courts not to be a favoured litigant. Rather, the responsibility of meting out justice and serving the cause of justice is on a much higher pedestal for the Centre than an ordinary individual litigant." “Promptness is appreciated, but over-zealousness to cater to the fiat of the Government, be it Central or State, is not, by courts of law as a tradition.”

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