Jammu and Kashmir
JAMMU, Mar 8: Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh has ordered dismissal of a Girdawar and a Patwari from the Government services for being convicted under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act.
According to the orders, Mohd Rashid, son of Faiz Mohd, during his posting as Patwari Halqa Ghar Majoor in Akhnoor tehsil was caught red-handed by the Vigilance Organization in the month of February 1995 while demanding and accepting illegal gratification from one Daya Ram, son of Sita Ram of Ghar Majoor for issuing an attested copy of the Jamabandhi.
The Patwari was produced before the Court of Anti-Corruption Jammu and accordingly charges were framed against him.
However, Mohd Rashid instead of surrendering before the concerned court, decided to quietly work as Patwari in Tehsil Chowki Choura where he was last posted by the Revenue Department.
As the Patwari has violated the Rule 3 of Government Employees (Conduct) Rules, 1971, which expects every Government employee to maintain absolute integrity, devotion to duty and do nothing which is unbecoming of a Government employee.
Moreover, the decision of the Deputy Commissioner is based on the judgment of five member bench of the Supreme Court dated July 11, 1985 which states that when a Government servant is convicted in a court of law, 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.
By exercising similar powers and in the light of July 11, 1985 judgment of Supreme Court, the Deputy Commissioner has also dismissed Mangat Ram, son of Swami Dass of Akhnoor, the then Patwari Halqa Phallian Mandal and presently posted as Girdawar in tehsil office, Chowki Choura, from the services of State of J&K.