Srinagar: The state government is yet to terminate the service of a non-state subject who was appointed as technical officer to the Executive Director, Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), two weeks ago.
On August 3, JKPCC had appointed Suresh Kumar Rekhi, whose state subject certificate had been cancelled by the district administration some years ago.
Kashmir Reader had reported that Suresh, originally a resident of Punjab, had fraudulently managed to get the domicile certificate. Only a person who is a state subject is eligible for a government job in J&K.
The provision of defining its state subjects and their rights, is given to J&K under Article 35A of the Indian constitution which is currently challenged in Supreme Court by a BJP leader and RSS affiliate non-governmental organisation.
JKPCC Managing Director Vikar Mustafa Shonthu had taken cognisance of the Kashmir Reader report and asked Commissioner Secretary Public Works Khursheed Shah to advise it accordingly in Rekhi’s case. Kashmir Reader spoke to Shah who said action against the officer would be taken after a week.
When this newspaper called Shah after a week, he said, “It is a difficult case, and it will take time to get solved.” As of now, he added, Rekhi continues to be an employee of the corporation.
“We are examining the case. It will take time to take a call and until then he continues to be an employee,” Shah told Kashmir Reader.
As per the documents in possession of the Kashmir Reader, Rekhi had fraudulently secured PRCs from the office of Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), Jammu.
The state government cancelled the fraudulent residence certificate through an order issued in May 2015, after green signal by the Law department.
“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.
Kumar had earlier also secured a job in the JKPCC but was thrown out and declared as “dead wood” in 2015. He then went to court along with other “dead wood” employees to challenge it. The court gave judgement in his favour. Now the JKPCC has written to Commissioner Secretary detailing his scandalous history.