HC stays transfer of Chief Town Planner Kashmir

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed state government not to act till June 5 on its order on transfer of acting Chief Town Planner Kashmir.
The officer, Iftikhar Ahmad Hakeem, was transferred vide an order (No. 177-HUD of 201) on May 23 and posted as acting Chief Town Planner Srinagar Development Authority.
Subsequently, Hakeem, a member of Town Planning (Gazetted) Services, moved the Court, questioning the Government order on the ground that in terms of Rule 27, J&K Civil Services (Classification Control and Appeal) Rules, he can be transferred within Cadre (Town Planning (Gazetted Service) and not against a post not part of the Cadre that too in SDA—a creation Section 3 of Development Act.
He said that Secretary Housing and Urban Development lacks authority to upgrade post of Senior Town Planner in SDA to the level of Chief Town Planner, as has been done vide order impugned in the petition.
After hearing his petition, a bench of Justice Hasnain Massodi issued notice to government and J&K Public Service Commission.
“In view of case set up, order No.177-HUD of 2014 dated 23rd May 2014, shall not be acted upon to the extent it relates to petitioner till next date of hearing before the Bench,” the court said, and posted the case on June 5.
The notice to government was issued through Chief Secretary, Secretary H&UDD and Chief Architect Organization Srinagar.

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