BHAVIRI BHULOKARAJU Vs. STATE OF ANDHRA PRADESH
HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
STATE OF ANDHRA PRADESH
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BATTU DEVANAND,J. -
(1.)This Writ Petition is filed seeking to issue a Writ of Mandamus to declare the proceedings in RC.No.Special/APSBCL/2020, dated 15.07.2020 passed by the 5th respondent in terminating the petitioner from the post of salesman in Government Retail Outlet (GRO Retailer Code 1200), Kammasigadam Village, Ranasthalam Mandal, Srikakulam District without considering the petitioner s reply to the show cause notice as illegal and arbitrary.
(2.)Heard learned counsel for the petitioner and the learned Assistant Government Pleaders appearing for the respondent 1 to 5.
(3.)The facts of the case in brief are that, the petitioner is appointed as Sales Man in respect of Government Retail Outlet (GRO Retailer Code 1200), Kammasigadam Village, Ranasthalam Mandal, Srikakulam District, for a period of one year. The petitioner has to perform his duties at the counter and sell the alcohol and any other duties assigned by the 5th respondent. But as per the job chart, the petitioner has to sell the stock of NFL/FL/Beer etc., at the MRP rates as fixed by the Government and at the same time, he should not sell liquor/beer to any persons below the age of 21 years and the number of liquor/Beer bottles shall not exceed the maximum possession limit prescribed under the Andhra Pradesh Excise Act, 1968. The petitioner further submits that he has never involved in any sort of mismanagement in running the shop. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India by order dated 24.03.2020 directed the Ministries/Departments, State/Union Territory Governments and State/Union Territory Authorities to take effective measures so as to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country and also issued guidelines with directions for their strict implementations. Hence, the 5 th respondent issued instructions to all the shop supervisors directing them to close the shops.
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