This case relates to several unjustified recruitment decisions made by the Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika. The Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika advertised in the local newspaper and invited candidates to apply for certain posts. These were filled up without giving any preference to the existing employees or to senior employees.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika Kamgar Union filed a Writ petition before the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay but the High Court of Bombay dismissed the Petition hence this special leave petition was filed before the Supreme Court.
Case Details and Status
The matter came up when many unjustified appointments were made by the municipal corporations against the existing principles of appointments. The Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika is required under Section 457(3) of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act, 1949 to produce guidelines and service rules for employees. The corporation had avoided drafting these rules and in particular rules relating to recruitment and promotions. This resulted in an atmosphere of corruption where employees were recruited and promoted in an arbitrary and corrupt fashion.
The petitioner was a Union that was particularly concerned about the fact that there was no route for employees to win promotion and hence they were stagnating in the same positions for years. Promotions were made on the basis of whims; there were large discrepancies while filling the posts. Unqualified people were sometimes appointed and in other cases unqualified candidates were promoted. The situation was one of total arbitrariness.
The Pimpri Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika issued an advertisement for the filing of 389 posts by direct recruitment. The existing employees who were qualified and had worked in the corporation for many years were being excluded for consideration of these posts. The petitioners filed a Writ Petition in High Court but the High Court showed disinterest in the Petition and hence dismissed it.
HRLN took the matter to the Supreme Court who acknowledged the situation and issued notice to the other parties.
The matter is still pending before the Hon’ble Supreme Court.