SRINAGAR, July 7: Five days after the state government terminated services of 63 employees on corruption charges, a former accounts officer who was one among these officials has approached the High Court with a plea to keep the government’s termination order in abeyance.
As the matter came up for hearing, the High Court admitted the petition filed by Mushtaq Ahmad Baba, the then Chief Accounts Officer (CAO) department of education asking advocate general Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie to file response to the petition by or before August 10.
In his petition Baba, a resident of Harwan Srinagar has said that he has an excellent track record citing his Annual Performance Reports. Besides his APRs, the petitioner has said that no FIR is registered against him.
Baba through his lawyer Mohammad Yousuf Bhat has submitted that he was promoted from time to time on the basis of his excellent APRs and there has never been any kind of adverse remarks against him.
The petitioner has said that during his entire service career there has been no departmental enquiry against him.
Baba has said that it was solely the “vague letter” shot by Joint Director Education Syed Abid Shah, IAS who according to the petitioner is very close to education minister Naeem Akhter that he was included in the list of employees to be terminated.
The petitioner has said that the decision to terminate him is politically motivated as one of his relatives has contested elections against Mohammad Ashraf Mir, minister of state for housing.
Pertinently, on July 2, the state government terminated services of 63 employees, against whom there were corruption charges, and asserted that disproportionate assets of corrupt officials will be confiscated.
“The government has dispensed with services of 63 civil servants as a part of the process to remove deadwood from the administration,” Minister for Education and government spokesman Naeem Akhtar had told reporters.
Out of 63 officers, whose services were terminated, the government said 25 involve trap cases by various anti-graft bodies, 11 include cases involving disproportionate assets and 27 are miscellaneous cases.
Akhtar had said the decision to dispense with the services of these officers/officials was taken by a high-level committee headed by State Chief Secretary. “The other members of the Committee included Principal secretary to the Chief Minister, Principal Secretary Home, Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department (GAD) and Secretary Law”.
Of the 63 terminated employees, 14 are employees of Revenue Department , five working each in General Administration Department (GAD), Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control and Home, four employees officers each from School Education Department, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department and Rural Development Department.
The terminated officers include two Chief Engineers, Director General Libraries and Research, three Tehsildars, a chief town planner from Jammu, Managing Director of State Road Transport Corporation, DGM and Assistant Manager JKPCC and Secretary State Commission for Women and chief accounts officer.
The government had said the sacking of these officers/officials involves invoking of the existing clause of J&K Civil Services Rules (JKCSR), as per which the Government has to assess the performance of an officer/official after he/she completes 48 years of age or 22 years of service.
The Education minister had also said the services of the officers, whose performance is not upto the mark or who have integrity issues would be dispensed with. Akhtar had said this is a part of the larger process of infusing accountability and transparency in governance.
2015 Kashmir Despatch