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‘Employees cannot be kept under suspension for over three months’

Supreme Court has prescribed that a government employee cannot be kept under suspension for over 90 days in the absence of a chargesheet against him as such persons “suffer the ignominy of insinuations, the scorn of society and the derision of their Department”.

Observing that “protracted period of suspension of delinquent government employee has become a norm”, a bench of Justices Vikramajit Sen and C Nagappan said suspension, specially preceding formulation of charges, was essentially transitory or temporary in nature and must be of short duration.

“If it is for an indeterminate period or if its renewal is not based on sound reasoning contemporaneously available on the record, this would render it punitive in nature,” it said.
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