KAS officers can be transferred to any post: High Court
The High Court, in a landmark judgment, said that the KAS officers can be transferred to any post borne on the cadre to another cadre of the service, as it constitute backbone of bureaucracy of the State.
Justice Sanjeev Kumar while dismissing the writ petition of one Shafkat Ali and other associate (Jr KAS) challenging their transfers, said the Junior KAS officers, as the petitioners are, must note and understand that they are the members of premier service of the State which virtually constitutes backbone of bureaucracy enjoined the task of running the administration at different levels.
Court said they have no cause to approach the Court unless their transfer and posting affects their status or violates statutory provisions. “For all these reasons, I could not find a single ground taken by the petitioners which vitiates the order impugned. They must note that they are cadre officer and they can be transferred and posted to any post borne on the cadre of the service”, Justice Kumar said.
Court also added that any attempt by the such officers to assail their transfer and posting to the place which they may feel inconvenient for them would only be seen as an endeavor to continue at a particular place of posting indefinitely or till such time they are offered an equally convenient posting.
“My sincere advice to these officers is to desist from making such attempts lest an impression would be gathered that they are not interested in the smooth running of the administration but are only keen in a particular type of postings. Least said, the better”, Justice Kumar recorded.
It is not the case of the petitioners, court added, that by transferring them from the Revenue Department and placing their services at the disposal of Secretariat service to be posted there, has, in any manner, affected their status.