IMMANI SURYANARAYANA Vs. VISAKHAPATANAM PORT TRUST
LAWS(APH)-2008-6-99
HIGH COURT OF ANDHRA PRADESH
Decided on June 25,2008

IMMANI SURYANARAYANA Appellant
VERSUS
VISAKHAPATNAM PORT TRUST, VISAKHAPATNAM Respondents

JUDGEMENT

- (1.)THE Visakhapatnam Port trust, 1st respondent herein issued an employment notice, dated 24/4/2006, inviting applications for two posts of Fire and assistant Safety Officers. One post was reserved in favour of ex-servicemen and the other was un-reserved. The appointment was by way of selection and the age limit of the candidates was prescribed as 35 years. The other qualifications prescribed by the 1st respondent are that the candidate must be a graduate, must have undergone training in a recognized Fire Training School, must have an experience of three years in a supervisory capacity in the regular fire service and must possess driving licence for light and heavy vehicles.
(2.)THE petitioner was employed in the indian Navy and served it for 18 years. He responded to the employment notice, after obtaining detailed information from the website of the 1st respondent. The 3rd respondent is an existing employee of the 1st respondent and the 4th respondent is an ex-serviceman. The instructions issued by the Government of India in its office memos, dated 17. 7. 1986 and 19. 5. 1998, provided for relaxation of upper age limit for ex-servicemen, to the extent of the length of the military service, increased by three years, whenever they apply for civilian posts. In that view of the matter, the petitioner was eligible to be considered not only against the vacancy reserved in favour of ex-servicemen but also the unreserved vacancy. Two other candidates also applied for these posts.
(3.)THE 1st respondent appointed a scrutiny Committee to examine and verify the applications, with reference to the said qualifications, and a Selection Committee, to select the candidates. Respondents 3 and 4 were selected for the two posts and were issued orders of appointment. The same is challenged in this writ petition.
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