Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High court has directed state government to allow representation from former need based employees of Government College for Women, M A Road, who were disengaged from services on allegations of stealing answer scripts of B.A. Final examination from the college in July.
The court directed the college authorities and state government to grant a chance to the petitioners, so as to explain their position about the allegations that formed basis for their disengagement, and take a decision on the representation within a period of three weeks.
The court observed that the petitioners could not have been deprived of their rights without complying with the principle of natural justice.
The petitioners had been working in the college for 14 years.
The counsel Sheikh Mushtaq representing petitioners said that while disengaging them from services “verbally”, no inquiry was conducted and they were not given an opportunity to have their say on said allegations.
He said the candidates have been working as need based local fund employees in Women’s college for last fourteen years and were about to get regularized.
“Only possession of answer scripts didn’t prove that they had stolen papers and investigation is still in process but disengaging from services is cruel joke with them,” he said.
Hearing the petition, Justice Sanjeev Kumar said that it is necessary that law is applied before disengaging or engaging a person.
“On verbal contentions, one cannot be disengaged from services. A proper order as well as a notice should have been issued to candidates before disengaging them.”
He said the court finds it irresponsible on part of concerned authorities that law was not applied.