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HC quashes dismissal of cop after 14 years

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 12: High Court has quashed the termination of a cop, which was ordered in the year 2003.
After hearing Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi with Advocate Veenu Gupta for the cop, Justice M K Hanjura observed, “the penalty imposed upon the petitioner cannot stand”, adding “the conduct of a denovo enquiry under the facts and circumstances of the case where a lot of water has flown down the River Tawi and the Sword of Damocles has been kept hanging high on the head of the petitioner during the period spreading over more than a decade by now will not serve any purpose when similarly circumstances police personnel have already been reinstated”.
While quashing the termination order, High Court directed the respondents to reinstate the cop. “The respondents shall accord consideration to the payment of the arrears of salary/ allowances in favour of the petitioner from the date of his dismissal up to his reinstatement in service”, High Court added.
According to the petitioner, he was falsely implicated in the case of an alleged custodial death of three persons, as a consequence of which two FIRs were registered against him at Police Stations Nageen and Sheri Baramulla. Later, he was terminated by the Government.

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