JAMMU: Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh today order dismissal of a Patwari from the services of the State for being convicted in a corruption case.
According to the order issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Mohd Sohail Mir, a resident of Shaheedi Chowk, then posted as Patwari Sehora (presently posted in Jammu West Tehsil), was caught red handed in trap case by the Vigilance Organization Jammu on February 16, 2010 while demanding and accepting illegal gratification from one Deepak Choudhary for seeking an attestation of mutation.
Accordingly, a case under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 161 of Ranbir Penal Code was registered against him and Patwari was produced before the Court of Anti-corruption Jammu. Thereafter, charges were framed against him by the Judicial Magistrate.
Vide its judgment dated April 25, 2016, the Special Judge, Anticorruption held the accused Patwari guilty of the charges framed against him and accordingly he was awarded simple imprisonment for one year and a fine of Rs 5000 was imposed on him.
The Deputy Commissioner, who has been delegated the powers of appointing authority in case of Patwari and Girdawar under Schedule-1B of Civil Services Regulations, 1956 read with SRO-91 dated March 22, 1982 of Finance Department further read with corresponding SRO-93 dated July 1, 2009 of the Finance Department, has dismissed Mohd Sohail Mir from the services of the State under Sub-Rule (viii) of Rule 30 of Civil Services (CC&A) Rules, 1956. The Patwari has also been disqualified from any future employment under the State.
The Deputy Commissioner has ordered that Tehsildar Jammu West shall immediately get in touch with the Patwari and take possession of entire records from him. The Tehsildar shall be personally responsible for taking custody of the records.
It is pertinent to mention here that a five member bench of the Supreme Court in a judgment has clarified that when a Government servant is convicted in a court of law, which also amounts to a misconduct, there shall be no requirement of granting opportunity of being heard to the guilty Government servant in departmental proceedings before imposing a penalty upon him under the CC&A Rules.
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