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CAT stops salary of Secretary J&K SSB

CAT stops salary of Secretary J&K SSB
S. Sidartha Paramedical Training Institute, Sunjwan, Jammu

Jammu, March 1:By questioning J&K Govt as a whole, Central Administrative Tribunal, Jammu Bench comprising of Judicial Member Rajinder Singh Dogra has stopped the salary of the Secretary, Service Selection Recruitment Board for non-compliance of the order.

Judicial Member mentioned that the officer who is not obeying the orders of the court and not filing reply since a decade doesn’t deserve salary.

In the petition filed by N A Bhat in 2016 the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir issued notice and directed for filing the reply. Thereafter it was listed approximately 10 times in the High Court but the Board failed to file the reply.

In 2020 with the formation of Central Administrative Tribunal, Jammu Bench the case was transferred to the Bench and it was listed four times before the Bench but reply was not filed.

"The innocent litigants cannot be made to suffer for the lackadaisical approach of the respondents”, the CAT said and accordingly directed the DDO not to release the salary of the Secretary till further order.

Moreover, Secretary has been directed to file the compliance affidavit to the effect that he has filed reply in this case as well as the cases pending up to the year 2020 because in hundreds of cases it has been observed by the Tribunal that SSRB has not filed the reply.

The Tribunal has also sent this order to the Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir for the necessary compliance and to ensure that all the departments file replies in the pending cases to avoid any embarrassment to the officials/officers in future. 



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