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JAMMU: A Division Bench of the State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammed Magrey while issuing notices to Commissioner/Secretary to Government of J&K, General Administration Department and Commissioner/Secretary to Government of J&K, Home Department directed them to file their response within two weeks in a fresh Miscellaneous Petition (MP No.1/2018) filed in PIL titled Sheikh Mohammad Shafi and another versus Union of India and others, seeking appropriate directions to the Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. of J&K, General Administrative Department and Commissioner/ Secretary to Govt. of J&K, Home Department to submit before the Division Bench the action initiated on petitioner’s complaint dated May 9, 2016 seeking initiation of disciplinary proceedings against two IPS Officers of J&K Cadre namely Atul Goel (IPS) the then SSP Jammu and Anand Jain (IPS) former SSP Jammu for abusing their official position by providing undue security cover to Kewal Kumar Sharma, Forest Guard turned Additional PRO to the then Deputy Chief Minister J&K, Tara Chand.
The notices were accepted in the open court by the Senior AAGs Seema Shekhar and W.S. Nargal respectively.
Advocate Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed with Advocates Rahul Raina, Suraj Singh and Supriya Chouhan appearing for the PIL submitted that the State High Court had passed strictures against the former SSPs for providing undue security cover to Kewal Kumar Sharma and not only this the Division Bench vide its order dated February 3, 2016 had reserved the liberty to the petitioner to approach the competent authority in the State Government with regard to the initiation of Departmental action against the delinquent former SSPs.
Advocate S.S. Ahmed further submitted that it was on May 9, 2016 the petitioner approached Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner/ Secretaries, GAD/Home by lodging a complaint for initiating disciplinary action against aforesaid Officers.
Advocate S.S. Ahmed submitted that till date no action has been initiated.
Advocate S.S. Ahmed submitted that both GAD and Home Department are delaying the matter in order to shield the high profile IPS Officers who provided undue security cover to Kewal Kumar Sharma.
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