JK officials using Facebook draw court ire

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar has warned judicial officers -actively using Facebook – of action under rules of conduct and has termed their activities on social media as ‘misdemeanour’ after receiving complaints.

“It has come to the knowledge of the chief justice that judicial officers have developed a practice of Facebook friendship club culture with advocates and members of civil society, which has the potential of sending wrong signals to the public in general and litigants in particular,” the order issued on the directions of chief justice reads.

The order issued by the principal secretary to the chief justice says that the chief justice has taken serious view of “this tendency on the part of such judicial officers.”

In December last year, the Army’s northern command chief had expressed similar concerns in a letter to officers to ask them not to fall prey to social media opinions.

Government officials including many bureaucrats have been criticised after claims they spend more time on Facebook than almost any other website.

According to information available with Kashmiri Observer government officials including hospital staff, police manning traffic checkpoints, university officials, civil servants etc spend more time on Facebook and other social networking site such as whatsapp. 

“These revelations give an astonishing insight into life of the people in Kashmir notorious for poor work-culture, which is rife, apparently, with people chatting on Facebook,” says Rizwan Rumi, Lecturer, Sociology, Department of Education, Kashmir University. 

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