HC upholds Dr Gillani’s removal as Principal GMC Jammu

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Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday upheld its single bench’s dismissal of a plea by former Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu, Dr. Zahid Hussain Gillani, against his removal from the post in March this year.

A division bench of Justices Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Sanjay Kumar Gupta found “without any merit” Dr Gillani’s appeal against court’s single bench verdict on March 20, rejecting the prayer to quash the removal order on the ground that the arrangement was “temporary in character and did not create any right, interest or equity in his favour.”

Dr Gillani, a Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology in the GMC Jammu was on 2 December 2015 was ordered by the government to look after the work of the Principal of the Medical College in addition to his own duties.

On 13 March this year, the Government relieved Gillani as Principal GMC and instead ordered Dr. Sunanda Raina, HOD Anatomy, to look after the work of post in addition to her duties.

The government through Deputy Secretary Health & Medical Education Department gave reasons, in an affidavit filed before the court, for replacing Dr Gillani.

The government said Dr Gillani had failed to place requisite indents and funds to the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation, for procurement of medicines for the year 2017-18 on time, severely affecting the patient care in the premier health institutions of the Jammu region.

The requisition had to be placed by 30 November 2016 so that the Corporation was in a position to procure the supplies well in time, the government said.

The government had also claimed that Dr Gillani had failed to make a timely response to the circulars issued by the Medical Council of India, seeking proposal for enhancement of postgraduate seats in the government Medical College, Jammu. Besides, the government submitted that the Minister for Health and Medical Education on his visits to the medical college Jammu and associated hospitals had expressed serious concern regarding “unsatisfactory functioning” of the GMC as also the hospitals and lack of implementation of directions issued in that regard.

In rebuttal, Dr Gillani rejected the allegation as baseless, stating that had he failed to implement any directions issued by the Minister Incharge, same would have been followed by a show-cause notice by the government.

In his plea, Dr Gillani had sought directions against the government to allow him to discharge the duties of Principal and that the matter be referred to the Establishment-cum- Selection Committee for promotion to the post.

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