HC stays transfer of whistle-blower officer

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday stayed transfer of Dr Shafqat Khan from Health Officer Srinagar Municipal Corporation to Immunization Officer Pulwama.
Hearing a petition by Khan filed by him through advocate Mian Qayoom, a single bench of the court directed authorities to allow him to discharge duties as the Health Officer till further orders.
On May 28 last, the Health Department had shunted Khan just seven months after he exposed the use of hazardous and cancer-inducing ingredients by some Valley-based corporate bigwigs.
Khan said that he was on deputation for three years with SMC but without completing his tenure, he was transferred “illegaly”.
Advocate Qayoom in his arguments said that his client was told during a meeting that he should not venture into duties of taking samples of food items.
“It is not Europe that people should expect high quality of food,” Khan was told during the meeting, Qayoom said.
Khan said that he was also performing duties as designate officer under FSSA and while performing his duties, took samples three companies which were found adulterated.
Taking cognizance, he said, a division bench of the high court imposed Rs 10 crore each to the companies and directed launching of prosecution against them.