Delhi HC rejects West Bengal govt.’s petition against inter-cadre transfer of IAS officer

The Delhi High Court has ruled in favor of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the West Bengal cadre, who wishes to transfer to Bihar due to his marriage to an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Bihar cadre.

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The Delhi High Court has ruled in favor of an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the West Bengal cadre, who wishes to transfer to Bihar due to his marriage to an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Bihar cadre. The West Bengal government’s appeal against the Central Administrative Tribunal’s decision to issue a no objection certificate (NOC) to the IAS officer was dismissed by a bench of Justices Sanjeev Sachdeva and Tushar Rao Gedela.

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During the past two years, the High Court has passed similar directions to the West Bengal government to relieve officers of the State cadre so that their spouses can join them in other State cadres. In the present case, an IAS officer from West Bengal cadre got married in 2020 to an IPS officer from Bihar cadre. In June 2021, he applied to the West Bengal government for an inter-cadre transfer from West Bengal to Bihar.

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The central government subsequently sought no objections from West Bengal and Bihar to the officer’s request. The Bihar government approved the application in June 2021, but the West Bengal government rejected it. The West Bengal government argued before the tribunal that the request for inter-cadre transfer had not been processed due to a shortage of IAS officers in the State.

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