In what has come as a shot in the arm for the government in its drive to weed out corrupt and under-performing officials, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) last week upheld compulsory retirement of an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer under the relevant rules. The 1990-batch IRS officer Pramod Kumar Bajaj was among 85 officials who have been removed from the service by the government over the past few years. Bajaj had moved the tribunal challenging the action citing relief given to him by other benches of CAT earlier in cases of alleged wrongdoings. The tribunal said that the official It added that the scope for judicial review in cases under Fundamental Rule 56(j) was very limited and no interference was warranted in the particular case. Fundamental Rule 56 (j) empowers the government to retire the employees, in case of group-A and B, who cross 50 years of age on compulsory basis, if it is found that their continuance is not in public interest. Bajaj was removed from service last year in September owing to allegations against him which included seeking bribes and poor quality of orders passed by him as the commissioner of income tax (CIT). A vigilance inspection had also noted large number of irregularities in his conduct. Further, Bajaj was also included in the The list is prepared by various government departments in consultation with CBI to include officials against whom complaint of corruption has been received. These officials are kept under a discreet watch. Additionally, Bajaj was accused of amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. His ex-wife had also accused that he had indulged in bigamy by marrying another woman without divorcing the then legal spouse.