Jailed SOG DySP, 2 Govt Teachers Sacked From Services

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 Jailed DySP Davinder Singh – File Pic

Ajaz Ali

Srinagar: Continuing its drive to terminate the public servants “in the interest of the security of the State” the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday sacked DySP Davinder Singh besides two government teachers from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

The dismissal order of suspended DySp Davinder Singh, who was arrested while ferrying two Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants in a vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway in January last year, was issued by Jammu and Kashmir administration on the directions of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday.

“Whereas, the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of information available that the activities of Davinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Under Suspension) S/o Deedar Singh R/o Overigund Tral, Pulwama are such as to warrant his dismissal from service,” reads the order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD).

“The Lieutenant Governor is satisfied under sub-clause (c) of the proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Constitution of India that in the interest of the security of the State, it is not expedient to hold an enquiry in the case of Davinder Singh. Accordingly, the Lieutenant Governor hereby dismisses Davinder Singh from service with immediate effect.” The dismissal order adds.

On January 10 last year, the security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir went into a tizzy when police disclosed the news of Davinder’s arrest with two Hizb militants. The case was initially lodged by J&K police which was later taken over by the NIA. Singh was suspended from the Jammu and Kashmir Police in January this year.

Singh was posted with the anti-hijacking wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police in Srinagar, and was part of the security staff that had received a group of foreign diplomats who visited Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the LG-led dispensation has also terminated two government teachers through separate orders issued on Thursday.

According to the order issued by the GAD on behalf of LG, the services of Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Dildar Batpora in Karnah area of Kupwara and Mohammad Yousuf Ganie son of Ghulam Qadir Ganie, a resident of Trich area of Kupwara have been terminated from immediate effect.

The orders said the Lt Governor is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available that the activities of Sheikh and Ganie are such as to warrant their dismissal from service.

Earlier this month, three government officials including an assistant professor were dismissed from service over alleged anti-state activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pertinently, the GAD had issued an order on April 21 in which sanction was accorded to the constitution of STF for identifying and scrutinizing the government employees who are involved in anti-national activities and pose a threat to the country’s security, and will be terminated from services, if found guilty.

The order had further stated that Additional Director General of Police (CID) has been nominated as Chairman of the committee and Inspector General of Police, Jammu/Kashmir, Representative of Home Department not Member below the rank of Additional Secretary, Representative of Department of Law, Justice Member & Parliamentary Affairs not below the rank of Additional Secretary and Representative of the Concerned Department, as necessary, not below the rank of Additional Secretary shall be the members.

“The terms of reference of the Special Task Force shall be to scrutinize cases of employees suspected of activities requiring action under Article 311(2)(c) of the Constitution of India,” the order had said.

The order had also empowered the STF to compile records of such employees, wherever necessary and to refer it to the Committee constituted vide Government Order No. 738-JK(GAD) of 2020 dated 30.07.2020. It also orders STF to engage with other members of the Terror Monitoring Group (TMG) for identifying such other employees, as necessary besides taking the assistance of other Agencies and Department(s) in this regard, as necessary.

“The Special Task Force shall speedily scrutinize such cases in a time-bound manner and shall be serviced by the Criminal Investigation Department,” the order added.

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