DIMAPUR, Sept 14 - Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the Nagaland Government to �scrupulously� adhere to the criteria laid down by its June 6 Office Memorandum (OM) banning contractual appointments in government departments.
Giving its ruling on a PIL filed by Against Corruption And Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland on contractual/illegal appointments, the High Court in a recent order made it clear that the petitioners � P Leonard Aier, K Savi and K Lun Tungnung � have the liberty to file any other suit if there was any violation of the clauses contained in the OM, which has banned appointments of all ad-hoc/casual/temporary/work-charge employees in government departments.
The PIL involved as many as 10 departments as respondents. As per the judgment, the court based its ruling on the June 6 government notification.
Briefing media persons here, members of ACAUT termed the judgment not only as reinforcement of the government�s standing order but has also given legal sanctity to its move to check illegal appointments. They also viewed the judgment as a victory of the people.
They held that ACAUT�s stand on corruption has been vindicated. There is on record several instances of the State Government issuing notifications banning appointments, which flout accepted norms.