Srinagar: Paramilitary CRPF officer, Shamsher Singh Sandhu has challenged before the Supreme Court his demotion from the rank of Inspector General to Deputy Inspector General on grounds of fitness by India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.
Hearing his petition, the a bench of apex court comprising Justices T.S. Thakur, Adarsh Kumar Goe and R. Banumathi issued notice to the Ministry.
“Status quo, as it exists today, shall be maintained by the, until further orders from this Court,” the bench said.
On October 29, a Division Bench of J&K High Court dismissed his appeal, upholding its single bench judgment, dismissing Singh’s petition against the order by Indian Ministry of Home Affairs.
On Feb 15 this year, the Ministry had issued an order (G-II-4/13-PERS-DA-1), divesting Sandhu of his charge as IG (operation) Kashmir for not having mandatory ‘SHAPE1’ medical category.
Subsequently, on March 7 this year, another order (T-IX-2/2013-PERS-DA-1) was passed by the Ministry, transferring him at the Office of Special DG, J&K, Zone CRPF Jammu.
Feeling aggrieved of the orders, Sandhu had filed a petition in the High Court, seeking quashing of the orders.
“…the promotion order of (SS Sandhu) was revoked in consequences of determination of his medical category as Shape 2 (permanent). The petitioner has not challenged the determination of the medical category. Since possession of SHAPE-1 medical category is a mandatory requirement for promotion in the CRPF, and the petitioner did not possess the same, his promotion order has rightly been revoked as being wrong,” a single bench of the court had said, dismissing petition by Sandhu as without any merit.
In the over 30-page judgment, the court dismissed the petition alongwith the connected CMPs and vacated all the interim directions in the case.
As per ministry, a CRPF officer is promoted only if he is certified as ‘SHAPE 1’, but Sandhu was found ineligible for promotion by the team doctors.
‘S’ stands for Psychological, ‘H’ for Hearing, ‘A’ for Appendages, ‘P’ for Physical capacity, ‘E’ for Eye Sight.
It is sated that the principal behind such a system is that unless the officer of the Forces are physically fit in all the respects, they would not be able discharge their duties effectively.