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High Court orders status quo on transfer of TNHB employee

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CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has ordered that status quo be maintained as on Monday for two weeks in a matter relating to the transfer of a Tamil Nadu Housing Board employee, who is also a trade union office-bearer.

Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar passed the interim order on a petition by Ashok Kumar working in the board's Mogappair division here. The petitioner submitted that he was appointed as an Office Assistant in September 1987 in the head office and promoted as a Junior Assistant from May 1992 in the Annanagar Special Division. In 1994, he was brought back to the head office. Later, he was transferred to Mogappair in 2006. He was a member of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board Labour Progressive Union, affiliated to the Labour Progressive Federation. He was the State deputy secretary in the housing board union.

He said an order dated June 21 said he was being transferred to the Ramanathapuram Housing Unit. Along with him, two other office-bearers of the union were shifted the same day due to “administrative reasons.” The order was a non-speaking order.

Only he and two other employees who were union office-bearers had been handpicked for transfer which was motivated by “extraneous reasons.”

In his order, the Judge ordered notice of motion returnable in two weeks. Status quo should be maintained as on Monday till then. He later posted the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

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