The Chairman cum Managing Director
The New India Assurance Co.Ltd.
The New India Assurance Building
Mumbai - 400001
You may be aware, under the stewardship of former Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Company, the management of the New India Assurance Co. Ltd under the garb of the Company’s CDA Rules terminated 7 leaders of NFGIE from services of the Company and imposed heavy penalty by way of reduction in pay-scale on 7 other leaders in 2009 for an unfortunate and untoward incident, which took place on 9th October 2007. It may be stated that CDA Rules was specifically amended to initiate the Inquiry Proceedings against the NFGIE leadership. Ultimately, after passing through the ordeal of Appeal and Memorial as provided in the CDA Rules of the Company 6 leaders of NFGIE including its General Secretary, Mr. M. Karthikeyan were terminated. However, out of those terminated only one was reinstated with heavy penalty. It may further be stated that some marginal relief also was granted to others who were previously reinstated in the service with reduction in pay scale.
Sir, you will surely agree that since 2009 said NFGIE officials are going through a harrowing phase of life. Financially and mentally they are totally devastated and their present state of things is beyond description. An eminent personality of your stature can easily imagine the magnitude of sufferings of those victims who have been maintaining their livelihood under severe pecuniary hardship. In the past, the leaders have expressed in clear terms that they were victim of the situation and in fact our the then General Secretary, Mr.M. Karthikeyan also tried his best to prevent the unfortunate incident.
Interestingly, the charges framed, by the Disciplinary Authority in respect of the incident in question as also the police( case No.82/PN/2008-criminal Writ Petition No 4878of 2014- High Court Bombay) are very much identical - set of facts and evidences are similar too. As we learnt, after due process of criminal trial, Hon’ble High court has been pleased to acquit the petitioners of all charges leveled vide its Order dt.18.3.2015.
Upon critical analysis of the criminal case, it is amply established that the alleged guilt against the petitioners remains to be proved beyond reasonable doubt, which led to their acquittal after regular trial with Hon’ble High Court findings that the charges are not proved. In this backdrop, it would be totally unjust and improper to stand rigidly by the penal action imposed by the Disciplinary Authority.
We, therefore, urge upon you to be prudent enough to set aside the order passed by the Disciplinary Authority removing the concerned functionary/ employee, namely Mr. V. R. JADHAV from service of the Company and at the same time effect his reinstatement in service and also provide appropriate relief to the other petitioners of the said criminal Writ Petition No. 4878 of 2014 - Bombay High Court who are reinstated in the service but with heavy dose of varied degree of reduction in pay scale.
This is a humble appeal to your benevolence to sympathize with fellow brethren who are virtually passing their days under severe financial crunch and untold misery.
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