J&K High Court stops salary of CE, I&FC

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Kashmir:Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey of State High Court on Monday directed to stop the release of salary in favour of Chief Engineer, I&FC Department, Kashmir till further orders while hearing a contempt petition filed by Tahira Banoo.

Due to violation of previous Court directions, the High Court on Monday directed State government to withheld the salary of the Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department, Kashmir, till further orders.

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The Commissioner Secretary of the department was also cautioned that in case he failed to file compliance report by Monday, orders against him would also follow.

The court in a contempt petition had directed implementation of judgment passed by the court on 24.12.2014 in SWP 109/2008.

“The judgment of the Single Bench dated 24.12.2014 was passed about four and a half years back and its implementation is sought in the present contempt petition, CPSW 875/2015, which too is pending for the last four years.”

The court also noted that perusal of the proceedings reveal that the notice in the contempt petition was issued on 28.12.2015, thereafter the state counsel appeared for the respondents on 16.4.2016 and sought two weeks’ time to file statement of facts/compliance. On May 7, 2016, when the statement of facts was considered, it revealed that respondents evaded to implement the order while waiting for the decision of the Letters Bench in the appeal.

Therefore, the counsel for the respondents was given time to submit compliance before framing rule against the respondents.