HC quashes premature retirement of Patwari

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 2: High Court has quashed the premature retirement of Rajinder Kumar, the then Patwari Halqa Domana.
While quashing the order of premature retirement, Justice MK Hanjura observed, “few employees were picked up for such consideration and the others were allowed to go scot free”, adding “the societal concerns of administering law and justice are not legal luxuries. The State cannot indulge in the luxury of legal sophistry with purposes more ulterior then transparent, concealing more and revealing less and masquerading as if fighting for principles”.
“Merely that a case or cases has/have been registered against the petitioner by the Vigilance Organization cannot form the basis of retiring him compulsorily as a corollary to which, the impugned order bearing No. No. 1266-GAD of 2016 dated 21.11.2016, is quashed”, Justice Hanjura said and directed the respondents to reinstate the petitioner and grant him all consequential benefits.