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Amby love puts driver at crossroads

Amby love puts driver at crossroads
The Delhi high court has asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to consider the representation of a driver sympathetically who was allegedly transferred from Delhi's Arunachal Bhavan to Itanagar after he refused to drive a Mercedes car used by the state governor on his Delhi visits.

Mohammed Ismail's trouble started last year, when, after serving as a driver of an Ambassador car in the Arunachal Bhavan for 24 years, he was asked to shift to a Mercedes Benz. He turned down the request of the authorities, as he felt that he won't be able to manage a fully automatic car.

Subsequently, he was transferred to Itanagar, which he challenged in the high court.

The high court refused to stay the transfer order but asked the Arunachal Pradesh government to consider his case with compassion. Justice Suresh Kait gave a reason for it: 'If the court interferes with day-to-day transfer orders issued by the government and its subordinate authorities, there will be a complete chaos in the administration, which would not be conducive to public interest.'

Ismail had approached the court after he was told that his request for withholding his transfer to Itanagar could not be considered by the state government.

But, to make his case stronger, he started taking lessons in driving Benz. 'He has taken private classes for driving Mercedes Benz cars after the transfer order was made,' said R K Saini, Ismail's lawyer.  

'Considering the submissions of learned counsels for parties and settled law, I find no merit in the instant case. However, it is open to Government of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar to consider the representation of the petitioner dated 12.12.2011, as mentioned above, sympathetically for the
reasons mentioned therein,' said Justice Kait.
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