HC issues notices to Chief Engineers of Irrigation and Flood Control Department

HC issues notices to Chief Engineers of Irrigation and Flood Control Department

Srinagar, November 28: A division Bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued public notices to a number of Chief Engineers of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department with a motive to make them accountable for their past action.

The high court has issued these notices to the Chief Engineers who were posted since 1996 in areas through which the Jhelum flows. The notice asks them to file a reply as to why they all failed to deposit Rs 5 crore each for “absolute dereliction of duty” in protecting the Jhelum from illegal encroachments.

The notices have also been issued to their juniors like Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers.

As per the court, the direction has been issued in a public interest litigation seeking removal of encroachments from water bodies of Kashmir especially the lifeline of Kashmir, Jhelum. The High Court has directed all the all Deputy Commissioners of the Kashmir valley to remove encroachments along the entire course of the river from south to north and other water bodies.

The order says, “Though it has been stated in the earlier orders, we deem it necessary to restate that water sustains life and it is the duty of all to preserve and protect the water bodies, including the Jhelum, which (is) the lifeline of people of the Kashmir valley. Anybody who resists the removal of encroachments along Jhelum would be dealt with strictly under the law.”

The bench in its order stated further that each Chief Engineer posted in areas through which the Jhelum flows since 1996 are liable to show why he should not be directed to deposit Rs 5 crore each with the Treasury, before HC takes further action. The full particulars of these Chief Engineers along with their juniors is given in the notice provided by the government.

In the public notices, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Junior Engineers whose particulars had been given were asked to show cause why they should be acquitted from depositing Rs 3 crore, Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh each, respectively.

Earlier, the High Court had deferred the consideration of replies of those 53 engineers of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department to whom show cause notices were issued by the court for dereliction of duty in protecting water bodies from encroachments in the Valley.

: A division Bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey issued public notices to a number of Chief Engineers of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department with a motive to make them accountable for their past action.

The high court has issued these notices to the Chief Engineers who were posted since 1996 in areas through which the Jhelum flows. The notice asks them to file a reply as to why they all failed to deposit Rs 5 crore each for “absolute dereliction of duty” in protecting the Jhelum from illegal encroachments.

The notices have also been issued to their juniors like Superintending Engineers and Executive Engineers.

As per the court, the direction has been issued in a public interest litigation seeking removal of encroachments from water bodies of Kashmir especially the lifeline of Kashmir, Jhelum. The High Court has directed all the all Deputy Commissioners of the Kashmir valley to remove encroachments along the entire course of the river from south to north and other water bodies.

The order says, “Though it has been stated in the earlier orders, we deem it necessary to restate that water sustains life and it is the duty of all to preserve and protect the water bodies, including the Jhelum, which (is) the lifeline of people of the Kashmir valley. Anybody who resists the removal of encroachments along Jhelum would be dealt with strictly under the law.”

The bench in its order stated further that each Chief Engineer posted in areas through which the Jhelum flows since 1996 are liable to show why he should not be directed to deposit Rs 5 crore each with the Treasury, before HC takes further action. The full particulars of these Chief Engineers along with their juniors is given in the notice provided by the government.

In the public notices, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers, Assistant Engineers and Junior Engineers whose particulars had been given were asked to show cause why they should be acquitted from depositing Rs 3 crore, Rs 2 crore, Rs 1 crore and Rs 10 lakh each, respectively.

Earlier, the High Court had deferred the consideration of replies of those 53 engineers of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department to whom show cause notices were issued by the court for dereliction of duty in protecting water bodies from encroachments in the Valley.

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