Senior, Even Though Less Meritorious, Shall Have Priority: Supreme Court Explains Seniority Cum Merit Principle For Promotion

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Senior, Even Though Less Meritorious, Shall Have Priority: Supreme Court

Case: Tek Chand vs. Bhakra Beas Management Board

Coram: Justices Navin Sinha and R. Subhash Reddy

Case No: [CA 4482 OF 2021]

Court Observation: “Other things being equal between competing candidates, seniority is to be given due weightage. But it does not mean that even if a junior is more meritorious by way of possessing an appreciable initiative certificate which the senior does not, irrespective of the same, the senior shall march ahead on the seniority ­cum­ merit principle”

“The use of the word ‘and, to our understanding does not make it compulsory for the candidate to possess both because in that event the question of selection from amongst the eligible post on the seniority­ cum ­merit principle would not apply strict sensor.”

After reading the judgment you will find that the appeal, therefore, is allowed holding that the appellants were eligible to be considered for promotion. Their orders of promotion are restored subject to the principle of seniority­cum-merit as discussed hereinabove.

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