Port Wings News Network:
In a landmark decision, Chennai Port Trust management has demoted four assistant traffic managers (ATMs) back to their previously held positions after an enquiry concluded that there were irregularities during their appointment 10 years ago.
According to official sources, Chennai Port Chairman P Raveendran on 6 December ordered the demotion on four officers, V Shanthi , P. Anbucheziyan, B Muralidharan and S. Gunasekaran, after it came to light that they indulged in malpractice during their interviews in 2008 and eventually landed in ATM position without giving equal opportunities to other internal candidates in direct selections against the established procedure of seniority in such appointments.
The story goes back to 2008, when these persons were participating in interview for ATMs. These four received additional 10 marks for experience in working with traffic department earlier, and it helped them to stay on top of the list in final selections. With an equal opportunity was denied to other contestants, a section of employees (who considered themselves as eligible for the post) filed a complaint of irregularities in procedures while appointing ATMs with Vigilance Department.
Acting on the complaint, Vigilance Department conducted a detailed enquiry and reportedly informed the port management about the findings. Based on the recommendation, the port management served notice to these four officers on why their appointments can be annulled for nepotism.
Out of this four, one officer namely Muralidharan moved the Madras High Court seeking remedy. However, the court dismissed his petition after the port management successfully contested that it was the outcome after internal enquiry conducted by its vigilance department.
Meanwhile, the port management on 6 December demoted these four officers vide an order to their previous positions.