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3 J&K Employees Sacked from Services for Alleged Militancy Links

July 17, 2023

Srinagar, July 17: The Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha-led Jammu and Kashmir administration on 16 July terminated services of three government employees, including a Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the University of Kashmir, a cop and a revenue official for alleged links with the Pakistan-based militant outfits.

The administration invoked sub-clause (c) of proviso to clause (2) of Article 311 of the Indian Constitution. This proviso allows removal of a public servant without an inquiry if the president or governor is satisfied that an investigation or an opportunity to the accused person to be heard is not required ‘in the interests of state security.’

“…the Lieutenant Governor is satisfied after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available that the activities of Mr. Faheem Aslam, Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the University of Kashmir S/O Mohammad Aslam R/O 166, Hazratbal, Srinagar are such as to warrant his dismissal from services…,” the order dated 16 July 2023 reads.

In two other separate oders issued on Sunday, Manoj Sinha also removed Murawath Hussain Mir, Revenue Department officer (Wasil Baqi Navees), S/O Gh. Mohd. Mir, R/O Frestabal, Pampore (Pulwama), and police constable Arshid Ahmad Thoker, S/O Mohammad Rafiq Thoker, R/O Shadab Karewa, Manloo (Shopian).

In February this year, the J&K administration had dismissed the services of three other government employees. They were accused of being involved in “anti-national” activities. According to details, at least 52 government employees have been dismissed from government service since the LG administration constituted a special task force in April 2021 to take action under Article 311.

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