The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has issued an order reinstating an auditor who was allegedly relieved from his put up arbitrarily final 12 months, by Maharashtra’s further chief secretary (finance) Manoj Saunik. The order was handed on September 22 and Saunik has since bought a keep on CAT’s order.

On August 30, 2019, senior departmental accounts auditor GD Thakare from the general public works division (PWD) was requested to discontinue auditing, by Saunik and the superintendent engineer. Thakare challenged this instruction and approached CAT. This 12 months, on September 22, CAT issued an order saying the state should allow Thakare to audit and relieving him of his obligation was in contravention of the Public Works Accounts Code.

In response, Saunik filed a evaluation petition and has since bought a keep on the order reinstating Thakare. “I have done no wrong. I immediately obtained a stay order against this [CAT’s] order. I have asked for the review of this order,” Saunik advised HT.

However, activist and advocate Pravin Wategaonkar has written to Maharashtra chief secretary Sanjay Kumar, in search of motion in opposition to Saunik. Wategaonkar stated, “PWD headed by Saunik had no right to relieve Thakare and that he had acted unlawfully was confirmed by the ruling given by CAT.”

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