Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Commissioner Secretary General Administration to inquire into “interest developed” by Srinagar Municipal Corporation authorities in retaining a Junior Engineer whose transfer was ordered to be stopped by Commissioner SMC.
The court was hearing a petition filed by one Irshad Ahmad who claims to have been transferred in terms of Government Order (No. 314-PW (Hyd) of 2013) on November 12 last from Irrigation & Flood Control Department, Kashmir, to City Drainage Civil Division SMC, Srinagar, vice Showkat Ahmad Matoo, who has been transferred and posted as Junior Engineer in the Chief Engineer l&FC Kashmir.
Consequently Irshad joined but Commissioner, SMC, “being interested in him” issued instructions to Executive Engineer City Drainage Civil Division SMC Srinagar not to relieve him and withdraw all the correspondence made in this behalf.
Both Irshad and Matoo are holding the post of Junior Engineer in (Civil) Hydraulic wing of the Engineering Department, and are not permanently holding the post in SMC.
“Perusal of the material on record reveals that (Matoo) has remained in City Drainage Civil Division SMC, Srinagar, for more than ten years and it appears that respondent Municipal Authorities have developed interest in retaining (him),” a bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Margay observed.
“Therefore it has become necessary to ask Commissioner Secretary GAD (vigilance) to conduct preliminary enquiry about the interest, (SMC) authorities have developed in retaining (Matoo) as also with reference to his assets both movable and immovable,” the court said and directed the Commissioner Secretary to submit report in sealed cover within two weeks.
“In the meanwhile, (Executive Engineer City Drainage Civil Division SMC Srinagar) shall ensure relieving of (Matoo) by tomorrow (Tuesday) and report compliance,” the court said and directs its registry to send a copy of the order to Commissioner Secretary GAD (Vigilance) for compliance.