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HC warrants against tourism director in contempt case

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Posted at: Dec 30, 2017, 1:06 AM; last updated: Dec 30, 2017, 1:06 AM (IST)

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HC warrants against tourism director in contempt case

Srinagar, December 29

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has initiated contempt proceedings against Tourism Director Mehmood Shah for not appointing a yachtsman in the department as directed by the court.

Justice Ali Mohammad Magray of the HC said prima facie the court was satisfied that the Director had committed the contempt of the court by violating the order. “Therefore, there is no option left for the court but to proceed against him,” Magray said.

The HC said the Tourism Director had violated the court orders and asked him to appear before it on January 29, the next date of hearing in the case.

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Senior counsel Bashir Ahmad Bashir, who represents the petitioner, said the Director was asked to consider the appointment of the petitioner as a yachtsman in the Tourism Department. He said the department had appointed a candidate earlier this year directly as a yachtsman through the J&K Service Recruitment Board while ignoring the petitioner, who has been working in the department for the past 20 years.

The counsel said the petitioner had the required experience and eligibility for the post but no departmental exam was held in the past 20 years for the post. The petitioner moved the court and asked the Director to appoint him as yachtsman.

“The Director refused to comply with the court order which called for the adjustment of the petitioner against the post on the analogy of other candidates,” Bashir said.

The warrant issued against the Director is bailable.

The court has said the Director has no authority to discuss the entitlement of the petitioner to be recruited for the post.

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