SRINAGAR: At a time when Kashmiris are up in arms against the scrapping of Article 35A that bars outsiders from getting a government job in the state, the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation, a government-owned company, has appointed a person who is not a permanent resident of J&K as an officer in the company.
An order, a copy of which is with Kashmir Reader, to this effect was issued on August 3 by the Managing Director of JKPCC, appointing Suresh Kumar Rekhi, whose permanent resident certificate (PRC) was cancelled by the J&K government in 2015, as Technical Officer to the Executive Director of the company.
Suresh had fraudulently secured PRCs for himself, his two daughters and a son, from the office of Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), Jammu. The state government cancelled all the three PRCs through an order issued in May 2015.
“Sanction is hereby accorded to the cancellation of the Permanent Resident Certificates of Mr Suresh Kumar Rekhi s/o Om Prakesh Rekhi, Sparshika Rekhi and Ridham Rekhi, both daughters, and son of Suresh Rekhi, all R/o of Gole Gujral, Tehsil and District Jammu, issued by the assistant commissioner (Revenue), Jammu vide his office file No 1023/PRC/2013-14 dated 5-11-2013, ab-initio,” said the order. It also ordered that all the benefits procured by the offender through the PRCs shall stand fortified.
The government’s order, which is also in possession of Kashmir Reader, mentioned the opinion of the Deputy Commissioner who had conducted an inquiry and recommended cancellation of Suresh’s and his children’s PRCs.
“The Deputy Commissioner concerned has conducted a detailed enquiry in this matter and recommended cancellation of the said certificates. No further enquiry is required to be conducted for cancellation of the PRC. The deputy commissioner has also heard the delinquent in person. Therefore the department can cancel his PRC,” reads the government order.
As per highly places sources, Suresh is actually a resident of Punjab. He landed in Jammu & Kashmir due to his father’s business ties here, and later managed to fraudulently secure PRCs.
Sureh Rekhi came under the scanner of the Vigilance Organisation after his daughter posted photos of herself at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa on Facebook. The photos depicted a lifestyle that was at odds with his known sources of income. In the year 2015, he was one of the employees declared as “dead wood” by the PDP-BJP government. A parallel inquiry declared him as not a permanent resident of Jammu & Kashmir.
Suresh used his state subject certificate to get a diploma from the Jammu and Kashmir Board of Technical Education. He then entered into the Jammu and Kashmir Government Services, purchased and disposed of immovable property in the state. At present, he is in possession of immovable property in the form of a residential house at Village Gole, Tehsil and District Jammu.
The August 3 order appointing Suresh as Technical Officer in the JKPCC came after the High Court asked the J&K government to absorb all the “dead wood” employees, but the JKPCC has not informed the court that Suresh has been declared as a non-resident of the state.
JKPCC Managing Director Vikar Mustafa Shonthu told Kashmir Reader that he will examine the case and take appropriate action as per the laid down rules.