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Delhi High Court seeks response from Centre, CRPF on judoka’s plea seeking out-of-turn promotion

The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Central government, as well as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) within six weeks, on a petition by judoka Akram Shah, seeking out-of-turn promotion to the rank of Deputy Commandant for having won a bronze medal in the 2014 Asian Games as head coach.


The order was passed by the Division Bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Justice Saurabh Banerjee, which listed the matter for completion of pleading on January 11 before the Joint Registrar.

As per the plea, Shah was appointed as a Constable under the Sports Quota (Judo) in October 1998. He was given an out-of-turn promotion in 2000 and promoted to the rank of sub-inspector.

The petitioner cited Para (iv) of the Office Memorandum of 2012, which governs out-of-turn promotion for sportspersons and said that since he won a Bronze Medal as Head Coach in Asian Games on October 24, 2014, he was fully eligible for promotion to the rank of Deputy Commandant with effect from October 24, 2014.


As per Shah, he has been making representations one after the other seeking out-of-turn promotion, but the same remained unheard till date.
He said as per the provisions of the 2012 Policy, various communications/ correspondences/ representations had been addressed to the Respondents, seeking out-of-turn promotion to the rank of Deputy Commandant with effect from October 24, 2014 and asking for progress in his case, but to no avail. 

The petitioner alleged that the Respondents did not respond to his representations, leaving him with no other alternative, but to move the court.

(Case title: Akram Shah vs Union of India & Ors)

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