HC quashes premature retirement of XEn, AEE

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 20: In another jolt to State in ‘deadwood’ cases, State High Court has quashed the premature retirement of Ghulam Nabi Dar, Incharge Executive Engineer RDD and Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, Incharge AEE, Pahalgam Development Authority.
After hearing both the sides, Justice M K Hanjura observed, “the impugned Government orders cannot stand the test of law and reason. These orders are not based on any material from which a reasonable opinion could be derived to put forth the plea that the petitioners have outlived utility as Government servants or that their conduct was such that their continuance in service would be prejudicial to the public interest”.
“Merely that a case or cases have been registered against the petitioners by the Vigilance Organization cannot form the basis of retiring them compulsorily as a corollary to which the impugned orders are quashed”, Justice Hanjura said and directed respondents to reinstate the petitioners and grant them all the consequential benefits within a period of one month from the date the certified copy of this order is served on them by the petitioners.