SRINAGAR: The J&K high court has directed government to fully implement its judgment ordering reinstatement of a medical officer who was one among 63 officials sacked in 2015 by the government with the claim that they were “deadwood”.
“Three weeks time is granted to the respondents (concerned government officials) for implementing the judgment in its letter and spirit and to report compliance,” said a bench of Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir while hearing a contempt plea filed by Dr Riyaz Ahmad Dar, Medical Officer in Medical Supplies Corporation, who was retired prematurely from the services at the age of 48 years by the government on 30 June 2015 based on report by a high-level committee constituted for the purpose.
In the contempt plea, Dar said that the government has partly implemented the court’s judgment.
“The failure of the (government) to implement the judgment in its entirety with respect to release of consequential benefits in (my) favour is without any lawful authority or justification,” Dar said, and urged government to punish the concerned in accordance with law.
While ordering his premature retirement, the government had claimed that Dar did not enjoy a good reputation in the public and that he was involved in financial as well as administrative irregularities. One of the allegations against him was that he had procured 34 Kilos of ‘dog kill powder’ without any supply order on exorbitant rates.
Aggrieved of the government action, Dar had filed a petition and urged the court to quash the order (no.858-GAD of 2015) with a direction to command the government to reinstate him into service with all consequential service benefits.
“A fair exercise has not been undertaken, that too by a high level constituted committee. Act of the Committee should not have been hasty as haste makes waste. That I may say is quite apposite to be said vis-a-vis case of the petitioner. The grounds which made the basis for premature retirement of the petitioner are not supported by any material whereas (Dar) has in categorical terms made his position clear vis-a-vis all grounds which position has not been refuted nor any material to controvert the same has been placed on record,” the court had said and while quashing 30 June 2015 order regarding Dar and directed government to reinstate him into service and grant him all consequential benefits.