Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked state government not to make any further promotions on adhoc or in-charge basis against the post of Assistant Executive Engineer or Executive Engineers in Electric department till further orders.
Hearing a writ petition filed by nine aggrieved engineers, a bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur also barred government from making further promotions on regular basis by relying upon the provisions of the Reservation Act 2004 or the Rules framed there under.
“Official respondents however, shall be at liberty to make regular promotions in accordance with the rules governing the services of the petitioners without relying upon the provisions of the Reservation Act,” the court said.
It also issued a notice returnable within four weeks to respondents including government through Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department.
In their petition, the engineers seek directions to prohibit the respondents from filling up of the posts of Assistant Executive Engineers and Executive Engineers either by regular promotions or by stop gap arrangements by relying upon the provisions of the Reservation Act.
The petitioners include Fazal Reheman Shahdad, Azhar Aftab Vakil, Mushtaq Hussain Wani, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Neel Kamal Singh, Sanjeev Jain, Ravinder Gupta, Shiv Anand and Anil Gupta.
The official respondents besides the Commissioner Secretary include State Public Service Commission through its chairman.