Srinagar: The J&K High court on Monday stayed the operation of a order issued by Power development Department last year fixing seniority its Junior Engineers (JE).
A single bench of Justice M K Hanjura stayed the government order no. 268-PDD of 2017 dated 15 December 2017 along with other subsequent orders as well as circular whereby by the seniority of 1258 JEs (Electric) degree holders and 907 JEs (Electric) diploma holders were assigned the position.
The petitioners Munshi Majid Ali and Sheikh Ibaad (degree holders) in their petition had stated that the authorities have wrongly assigned the seniority position of JEs diploma with JEs degree holders.
They alleged that some of the diploma holder JEs have played a mischief, and got appointed as diploma holders, as they (diploma holders) have a better and higher ration of quota available for appointment as JEs in comparison to the degree holders and as such claim the benefit of degree having obtained by them prior to their appointment.
The petitioners maintained before court that the exercise taken by the authorities “is tainted with malice and illegal as also the opinion extended by the Law department and the conclusion drawn thereof by the law department is illegal and against the settled principle and proposition of rule”.
The court after hearing the petition sought reply from Commissioner Secretaries of Law and PDD by or before July 21.