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HC pulls up UP govt on jobs given to wife, brother of slain cop

The Allahabad High Court has asked Uttar Pradesh government to explain how it has given jobs to the wife and brother of slain policeman Zia-ul Haq and wanted to know whether it has altered its dying-in-harness rules ‘which say only one member of the family who is a dependant is entitled to appointment on compassionate basis’.

Passing the order on Tuesday, Justice A P Sahi also asked the state government to explain whether it has ‘altered its policy’ with regard to the dying-in-harness rules, and if not, ‘under what authority of law’ were two members of the family given appointments ‘on compassionate basis due to the unfortunate demise of a police officer on police duty’.

The court also asked the government to explain ‘if it is lawful, then why such hostile discrimination is being practised in relation to other departments, including educational institutions, that have similar rules’.

‘The rule of compassionate appointment in whatever department has the same underlying principle of providing succour to the bereaved family in a crisis.

‘The dependants, therefore, are all of the same class of victims and recipients. Their plight is based on a common happening, namely death of an employee in harness’, the judge said.
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