NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday kept in abeyance for a week the Centre’s decision to dismiss IPS officer from the Gujarat cadre, Satish Chandra Verma, and allowed him to challenge his dismissal before the Delhi high court where he earlier filed petition against initiation of disciplinary proceedings.
sacked Verma, a 1986-batch officer who was once part of the SIT to probe the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, after taking permission from Delhi HC which also granted him protection till Monday. Verma is due to retire on September 30.
Appearing before a bench of Justices K M Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy, senior advocate Kapil Sibal said Verma’s plea against disciplinary proceedings was pending in Supreme Court and it had not been heard as the government sought repeated adjournments in the case resulting in the plea becoming infructuous and him being sacked. Sibal said the officer must be protected either by the HC or the SC or he could not be left without remedy.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta said the government has already filed its reply. The bench, after brief hearing, passed the order and directed that Verma’s dismissal order would not be implemented for another one week.
The home ministry passed an order on August 30 dismissing Verma from service on grounds related to departmental proceedings initiated for talking to the media. tnn