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    Suspension of government staff set aside

    CHENNAI: An order dated May 31, 2011 of the Social Welfare department placing a government staff under suspension at the fag end of her service and not allowing to retire from service, was set aside by the Madras HC last week.
    Quashing the orders and directing it to send necessary proposals pertaining to V Meenakshini for pension and other terminal benefits to the authorities concerned within six weeks, Justice D hariparanthaman allowed her writ petition.
    According to Meenakshini, she was appointed as a child welfare organiser (Balasevika) in 1971. Based on the SSLC certificate, the minimum qualification produced by her, she was promoted as Rural Welfare Officer in 1998. While so, she was issued a charge memo alleging that she had produced a bogus SSLC certificate to get promotion. On May 31 this year, she was placed under suspension. Petitioner contended that the charge memo was issued based on a letter dated May 9, 1999 issued by the Director of Government Exams.
    The Director of Social Welfare waited for 12 long years to take action. Hence, the belated action was illegal, she added. The inordinate delay could not be accepted, the judge said and set aside the order.