SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Friday directed the state government that various appointments made in the J&K Khadi and Village Industries Board (JK KVIB) shall not be terminated or cancelled by the government till the next date of hearing.
The court of Justice Sanjeev Kumar while allowing the petition issued notice to the state government through the Chief Secretary, the Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce Department, the Chairman, KVIB, the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, KVIB, and the Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, KVIB. The court called for their reply, returnable within four weeks.
The petitioners, seven in number, have filed a petition through Advocate M M Dar claiming that they came to be selected and appointed as Assistant Executive Officers, Publicity Officers and Junior Statistical Officers in JK KVIB, pursuant to proper selection process. “The recruitment notification bearing no. KVIB/01 of 2016 was issued on 8 October 2016, wherein petitioners after going through written test and viva came to be selected and appointed on their respective posts,” the petition states.
The petition further states that upon a complaint raised that appointees selected were not chosen on the basis of merit, the government constituted a high-level inquiry committee headed by R K Goyal, Principal Secretary to Government, Home Department, which submitted its report as appeared in a news report on 3 December 2018 as well.
“It is urged that pursuant to aforesaid orders and without any notice to petitioners, the Government is mulling to cancel all appointments of petitioners,” the counsel for the petitioners submitted before court.
It was submitted by Advocate Dar that appointments of petitioners which have been made pursuant to proper selection process cannot be cancelled by the Government unilaterally without even complying with the principles of natural justice.
The court after hearing the counsel held that prima facie a case is made out and said, “Subject to objections and till next date of hearing before the bench, appointments of the petitioners shall not be cancelled/terminated in pursuance or otherwise of report, if any, submitted by the High Level Inquiry Committee constituted vide Government order no.462-GAD of 2018, dated 19 March 2018, otherwise than following due process of law.”