Madurai, Jul 6 : Madras High Court Madurai Bench on Friday directed the Director General of Police to issue a circular to all police officers in the State to follow the Tamil Nadu Subordinate Police Officers Conduct Rules that prohibits accepting of gifts, rewards and dowry.
Justice S.M.Subramaniam issued the direction while hearing a petition filed by a Sub-Inspector of Police S.Thennarasu, who challenged the deferment order of his promotion to the post of Inspector of Police, as a criminal case was pending against him on a private dispute.
The Judge observed that any public servant, much less than the police officer in uniformed service, is not exempted from the principle that registration of criminal case against the public servant is a bar for promotion to the higher post. Under such circumstances, the official cannot be considered for promotion.
The behavior of the government servant both inside and outside the office must be good and officials with clean records alone should be considered for promotion. A public servant is expected to maintain good conduct in public. It is not as if a police officer, who is off duty, can involve in some criminal case or commit certain misconduct, he said.
The court observed that Tamil Nadu Subordinate Police Officers Conduct Rules, 1964, categorically states that behaving unbecoming of a government servant itself was misconduct and directed the DGP to issue the circular within a period of six weeks.
The Rule 4 specifically states that gifts, rewards and dowry were prohibited and if at all received, amounts to misconduct. Rule 4 (1) (b) states that complimentary gift of flowers or fruits or similar articles of trifling values were also prohibited, the Judge said.
He further said it is visible in the public domain that a large number of flowers and bouquets were shared by way of gifts in the Police department. Thus the DGP is bound to remind the Conduct Rules to all police officials in order to ensure discipline and decorum in the uniformed services.
Referring to the petitioner’s plea, the court said that after the disposal of the criminal case as well as the currency of the punishment, the case of the petitioner shall be considered.
If an employee is exonerated from the departmental disciplinary proceedings and in the event of no other impediment, the case of the petitioner should be considered for promotion to the higher post in accordance with the promotion Rules in force, Justice Subramaniam said. (UNI)