Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday upheld its single bench judgement of 2016 ordering the reinstatement of government official, Shamim Ahmed Laharwal, who was terminated prematurely from his services after being declared as a deadwood along with 60 other officers.
The division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice M K Hanjura upheld judgement dated 13 December, 2016 passed by single judge in SWP order no.1381/2015.
The order said “in terms of impugned order, government order no.870/GAD has been quashed and the appellant stands directed to reinstate the respondent and treat him in services with benefits”.
Shamim Ahmed Laharwal, who was head operating as Director General, Libraries and Research was terminated after being declared a deadwood.
Laharwal approached the court and in 2016, a single bench ordered his reinstatement but the government appealed which was Thursday dismissed by double bench by observing that the petitioner was prematurely retired from his services on the ground that he was a corrupt officer and did not enjoy a good reputation, but there was no material in support of the contention.
“It is merely an unfounded and unsupported allegation,” the court remarked.