Quashing the charge memo issued to two State Bank of India (SBI) officers alleging misconduct for holding lunch hour demonstration in August last year, the division bench of Madras high court on 5 August held that a mere peaceful demonstration, per se, inside the campus, could not be considered as misconduct under the rules. Earlier, a single bench of the high court had rejected the writ petitions on the ground that the court could not interfere at the stage of charge memo. The two officers - D. Thomas Franco Rajendra Dev, deputy manager and D. Suresh Kumar, chief manager of SBI in Chennai, were the general secretary and president of the All India State Bank of India Officers’ Association respectively. The association held a lunch hour demonstration on August 28, 2012 in front of the local head office and in all the administrative offices of the bank. For this they were issued charge memo for alleged misconduct under the bank’s officers’ service rules.
From: the Hindu/ Working Class