Dy Mayor’s ‘Rule Breaking’ Stunt Invites SHRC Notice  

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SRINAGAR — Observing that “exercising powers by any authority which are not available to him in law amount to breaking of rule of law and as such violation of human rights”, the State Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to deputy mayor Sheikh Imran over his alleged misbehavior with doctors during a visit Chest Disease Hospital here.

Taking Suo Motto cognizance regarding media reports about the incident, the SHRC said that news reports were “disturbing and even a video is circulating on the social media about Deputy Mayor’s visit in hospital in Srinagar.”

“It is well settled that exercising powers by any authority which are not available to him in law amount to breaking of rule of law and as such violation of Human Rights. The reports prima facie suggest that Deputy Mayor’s remarks / comments were humiliating to members of very respectable and notable profession,” the SHRC said.

Taking cognizance of the matter, the Commission issued notice to Deputy Mayor, Municipal Corporation, Srinagar to file his reply by December 26.

Imran recently visited the hospital and allegedly used “unparliamentary” language with doctors.

A purported video also went viral on the social media and there were demands of action by doctors and netizens among others  against Imran. The businessman-turned  deputy Mayor tendered an apology but insisted that his visit was not superseding his domain of work.       

Imran said Srinagar Muncipality was the licencing authority of the hospitals and health centres and he was only performing his duty.

“Negligence of doc­tors at the hospital has led to the death of an elderly woman whose beloved were crying for the help in the premises of the hospital, when I reached there,” Imran told reporters.

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