Maharaja or Civil servant? District official in J&K gets carried on a palanquin by staff

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RAMBAN: In a shocking display of high-handedness, the District Development Commissioner in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban area was seen being carried on a palanquin, with another official holding an umbrella.

Pictures of Showkat Aijaz Bhat being taken on a palki with an official holding an umbrella to attend a public outreach camp at Chaka Kundi area have gone viral. His staff carried him in a palanquin to the village.

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Pictures of Showkat Aijaz Bhat being taken on a palki with an official holding an umbrella to attend a public outreach camp at Chaka Kundi area have gone viral. His staff carried him in a palanquin to the village.

The shocking visuals are a cause of major embarrassment to the state government and no action has been taken against the bureaucrat so far. Bhat is a Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service officer.

Ramban District Development Commissioner Showkat Aijaz Bhat

This is not the first time something like this has emerged from the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Last month, an ambulance, which apparently belonged to a government healthcare centre, was caught transporting poultry.

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