HC issues notice to NIPER director for continuation in service1 Jul 2015Hindustan Times (Chandigarh)HT Correspondent firstname.lastname@example.org
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday issued a notice to officiating director, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), SAS Nagar, KK Bhutani on a petition challenging his continuation in service.
The petitioner, Dr Parikshit Bansal, had alleged that all staff members at the institute were being given appointment letters with retirement age written as 62 years. However, in Bhutani’s case, the institute has made an exception and he was continuing in service despite being more than 62 years of age, said the petitioner.
The high court bench of justice AG Masih has issued notice to the secretary, department of pharmaceuticals, Government of India, and Dr Bhutani for December 11.
The petitioner’s counsel Dinesh Rawat had submitted that in 2013, months before Butani was to retire, the board of governors of the institute increased the retirement age from 62 to 65 years. But as per the NIPER Act, any change in provisions needed assent of the President of India.
And in this case, neither the retirement age of the officiating director was approved by the ministry nor by the President, the court was told, seeking removal of Bhutani.