The ALL India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been hauled up by the central administrative tribunal (CAT) for not following norms on deciding seniority of professors.
The tribunal has termed the behaviour of the administration as ‘high-handed’ for failing to comply with its orders and accused it of playing a double game.
The institute has been following a policy of seniority of professors under which direct recruits often become junior to those climbing the ladder through promotions.
When a group of direct recruits dragged the issue to CAT, the tribunal directed the institute in February last year to correct its promotion policy to ensure that professors appointed through competition get priority over others.
The institute sat over the order for almost a year. In April this year, the tribunal gave eight weeks’ time to comply. The AIIMS administration simultaneously moved an application for suspension of the order.
“This shows that it is a malafide act of the respondents. On the one hand, they are saying that they are complying with the order and on the other they are making prayer for suspension of the order,” the CAT said.
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