PRAYAGRAJ, Jan. 16 -- While quashing the termination order of one Rajesh Kumar, a tax collector with nagar panchayat, Jewar, Gautam Buddh Nagar, the Allahabad high court has held that even if an employee does not appear before the inquiry committee, the charges do not stand proved by their default and they must be proved by supporting evidence.

While passing this order, justice JJ Munir allowed the petition filed by Rajesh Kumar challenging his termination from service. It was alleged that the petitioner had embezzled Rs 87, 320 in 2012.

The petitioner said the disciplinary authority/executive officer did not hold him guilty of embezzlement after the inquiry. However, the petitioner said he was held guilty of charges of tampering with off...