The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed contempt proceedings against Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla for allegedly violating its verdict by failing to maintain status quo on the promotion of Central government employees during his tenure at the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT)..A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit refused to entertain the contempt petition, but clarified that the Court's observations were not to be taken as a reflection of merits of the matter, which will be decided on appeal before the Court. "We see no reason to entertain this contempt petition. This, however, should not be taken as a reflection on merits of matter which will be decided on appeals before the Court...There are other ramifications when a contempt is kept pending," the Bench observed..On April 15, 2019, the Court had ordered that the status quo regarding the promotion of Central government employees be maintained. The DoPT applied for permission to offer ad hoc promotion, which was denied on July 22, 2020.On December 11, 2020, the DoPT allegedly issued ad hoc promotion orders to 149 personnel from Selection Grade (Deputy Secretary) of the Central Secretariat Service to Senior Selection Grade (Director) post. Following this, contempt proceedings were filed against Bhalla.."The promotion order was issued without reviewing the select list of undersecretary for the year 2003 and onwards and consequential review of deputy secretary select list of 2003 and onwards in terms of Constitution bench judgements in M Nagaraj and Jarnail Singh," the contempt plea filed by one Debananda Sahoo stated.