The chief superintendent of Stanley Prison has resigned in protest over what he says is an unfair promotion system in the Correctional Services Department. Chief Superintendent Harchand Singh Rutton, 52, is resigning three years earlier than the retirement age, saying he is disappointed by the bureaucratic nature of the promotion system. He has served with the department for 32 years. Speaking on the eve of his final day in the department, he said he did not wish to go and felt aggrieved leaving the department which he had always been loyal to. A Civil Service Bureau spokesman said Mr Rutton had resigned voluntarily for personal reasons. He went before the promotion board in October for the vacancy of Assistant Director. But a board member accused him of putting the department's interests in jeopardy. The accusation referred to Mr Rutton's insistence on personal supervision instead of using surveillance cameras to check on inmates, as suggested in a consultancy report on the security of Pik Uk Prison in April last year to save manpower. The board was chaired by outgoing commissioner Raymond Lai Ming-kee and two deputy commissioners. 'As a jail warden I am being fair to the prisoners who were put behind bars,' Mr Rutton said. 'But the department and the Government were not being fair to me.' The accusation against him could not be substantiated after investigation by the Civil Service Bureau. Mr Rutton said if the accusation had been true he would have deserved demotion. But levelling 'serious, false and personal accusations' against him was unfair and no one had apologised, he said. He said it also was discouraging that officials of the Civil Service Bureau had turned a blind eye to his complaints. Mr Rutton won many wars in prisons but said he could not beat the system. 'Resignation is the only choice,' he said. In 1978, 600 prisoners at Ma Po Ping Prison held a three-day hunger strike and threatened to kidnap officers. Mr Rutton, then a principal officer at the jail, helped end the strike peacefully.