DB directs GAD to file report of 147 enquiries

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Jammu: A Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Justice B.S. Walia in the much publicized Public Interest Litigation filed by Sheikh Muhammad Shafi and Prof. S.K. Bhalla directed General Administration Department to file status report within a week’s time reflecting the steps taken by the various departments pursuant to the instructions and decisions taken by the GAD with regard to the finalization of 147 departmental enquiries. The Division Bench further directed the Registry to list this matter in the week commencing 16th November, 2015.
When this PIL came up for hearing Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocate Rahul Raina appearing for the PIL drew the attention of the Division Bench towards the detailed order dated April, 4, 2014 passed by the Division Bench then headed by Chief Justice M.M. Kumar (since retired) wherein directions were issued to the GAD to make complete disclosure with regard to the stage of enquiries, nature of charges, status of officers and their present postings so that appropriate orders be passed and directions are issued.
Advocate Ahmed further submitted that the aforementioned order of the Division Bench was repeated on several occasions by this Court but the attitude of the GAD has remained casual and till date the full disclosure has not been made and various administrative departments have miserably failed to adhere to the time schedule fixed for completion of 147 departmental enquiries.

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