INDERJIT SINGH SODHI AND OTHERS Vs. THE CHAIRMAN, PUNJAB STATE ELECTRICITY BOARD AND ANOTHER
LAWS(SC)-2020-12-9
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
Decided on December 03,2020

Inderjit Singh Sodhi And Others Appellant
VERSUS
The Chairman, Punjab State Electricity Board And Another Respondents


Referred Judgements :-

BHAKRA BEAS MANAGEMENT BOARD VS. RAJINDER SINGH PATPATIA AND ANR [REFERRED TO]
KUBHAYAMMED VS. STATE OF KERALA [REFERRED TO]
BHAKRA BEAS MANAGEMENT BOARD VS. KRISHAN KUMAR VIJ [REFERRED TO]



Cited Judgements :-

SATAPPA S/O SHRIHARI PATIL VS. STATE OF MAHARASHTRA [LAWS(BOM)-2021-10-20] [REFERRED TO]
UNION OF INDIA VS. VIRENDRA KUMAR SINGH [LAWS(PAT)-2021-9-32] [REFERRED TO]


JUDGEMENT

HEMANT GUPTA, J. - (1.)The present appeals are directed against a common order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court dated 09.04.2014 whereby the intra-Court appeals filed by the Punjab State Electricity Board were allowed and the order of Learned Single Judge, allowing the writ petitions for the grant of 9/16 years' time bound revised promotional scale to the appellants was set aside.
(2.)The facts of the appeals are similar but for the sake of reference, facts are taken from the appeal preferred by Inderjit Singh Sodhi and others. The appellants herein have claimed time bound promotional scale while working as Assistant Engineers. They were promoted to the said post from the post of Junior Engineer. The services of the appellants are governed by the Punjab State Electricity Board Service of Engineers (Civil) Regulations, 1965[1].
[1] for short, 'Civil Regulations'

(3.)The post of Assistant Engineer as per Regulation 7 is required to be filled up (1) by direct recruitment in terms of Regulation 9; (2) by promotion in terms of Regulation 10 or (3) by transfer of an officer already in services of a Government or another Government or Undertaking of the Government. The qualification required for direct recruitment under Regulation 9 is BE in Civil Engineering from a recognised institution or university. The Regulations further permit serving Section Officers who possess three- or four-years diploma in Civil Engineering and minimum 12 years qualifying service to apply for the post by way of direct recruitment. Regulation 10, on the other hand, provides for the promotion of the candidates with not less than 10 years' experience subject to the condition that their number do not exceed 30 per cent of the total number of the cadre posts of the Assistant Engineers.
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