Srinagar: The J&K high court on Monday issued a notice calling government to respond to a plea by former Director General Libraries and Research J&K who was directed to be reinstated last year by the court after it quashed PDP-BJP alliance’s order, prematurely retiring him from the service after declaring him deadwood along with 60 other officers and officials.
Hearing a contempt petition filed by petitioner—Shamim Ahmad Laherwal, a single bench of Justice Bawa Singh Walia (vacation judge) directed chief secretary and commissioner secretary general administration department to respond by next of hearing in the plea.
In his plea, Laherwal has said that the government has not taken any action to comply with the court’s judgment calling for his reinstatement.
The government, he said, has not issued any orders of his posting nor have released the pending dues to him.
Laherwal said the omissions committed by the government constitute “deliberate, willful and intentional non-compliance and defiance of the judgment and order of the court.”
“The action by the government is designed to subvert the rule of law and undermine the majesty of this court and as such it warrants exemplary punishment to the respondents (CS and Com Sec GAD),” he said.
In December last year, the court had quashed his premature retirement and directed the Government to reinstate and treat him in service, entitled to all the benefits, “as if the government order had not at all been issued.”
“To accelerate such process, the petitioner (Laherwal) is directed to report for duty before Commissioner Secretary to Government, GAD within seven days ,” the court had directed in the order passed in the third week of December last.
Laherwal was holding the post of Director General Libraries and Research J&K when he was compulsorily retired from services through an order (870-GAD of 2015) on 30 June 2015 along with almost 60 employees after declaring them ‘deadwood’.