Court orders arrest of PCCF

‘Ineligible Candidate Elevated As Range Officer’


Srinagar, Apr 19: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the police to arrest the state’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forests for elevating an “ineligible” candidate to the post of Range Officer.
The single bench of Justice Virender Singh, while hearing a contempt petition challenging elevation of an “ineligible” candidate to the post of Range Officer Grade-II Saturday ordered, “Let the presence of the respondents (Principal Chief Conservator Forests R D Tiwari) be served through bailable warrant of arrest to the tune of Rs 100000 with one surety of the like amount.”
The direction came after the PCCF did not comply with the court orders on his in-person presence before the court.
Counsel for the petitioner had pleaded that despite court order of March 29, served upon Tiwari personally through the petitioners, he has neither filed the compliance report nor statement of facts.
Court directed the concerned Senior Superintendent of Police, to execute the arrest warrant against the officer.
Abdul Rehman Lone, serving as Forester in the Forest Department, has filed the petition through advocate Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie seeking revocation of the elevation order.
On September 1, 2010, the state government ordered the elevation of a “blue-eyed” candidate to the post of Range Officer, according to Lone.
Aggrieved petitioner, Lone, has prayed for quashment of Forest Department order 284 of 2010 dated September 1, 2010 by virtue of which an “ineligible” candidate has been preferred over him by the department.
Citing Forest Recruitment Rules, 1991, Lone said; “An officer, who is to be promoted to the post of Range Officer Grade-II, should possess qualification of Kashmir Forest Course and should be having an experience of five years as Forester.”
Lone’s counsel, advocate Ganaie argued before the court that the elevation is against the rules and violation of fundamental rights of his client. He said; “Government action against my client has violated his fundamental right of being preferred over the ineligible candidate.”
He contended the elevation and said an officer was ineligible to be promoted to the post of Range Officer if he doesn’t have qualification of Kashmir Forest Course.
Lone is serving in the department since past 20 years and holds the post of a Forester. He possesses experience of more than five years also.
Lone’s counsel said despite possessing required qualification his client was ignored for the post. “My clients made several representations before his higher ups. But, he was ignored and a blue eyed candidate was promoted as Range Officers Grade 2nd.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 19 Apr 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:00:00 IST

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