Saleem Iqbal Qadri

Executive Officer MC Sopore attached with Directorate of Urban Local Bodies

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Srinagar, June 12: The Directorate of Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir has asked the Executive Officer Municipality Council (MC) Sopore to join with the directorate office with immediate effect.

A copy of the attachment order issued from the Civil Secretariat vide order number 141-HUD of 2019 dated 11-06-2019 and signed by Principal Secretary to Government Housing and Urban Development Department reads, "Pending inquiry, Abdul Latief Mir I/C Executive Officer Municipal Committee Sopore is hereby attached with the directorate of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir with immediate effect."

Kashmir Images has learnt from the sources at Local Urban Bodies Kashmir that the attachment order has come in the wake of several corruption charges against Abdul Latief Mir. “The department is now fully prepared to investigate all the charges against the Executive Officer,” the sources added.

On 01/05/2019, Director Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir suspended the I/C Executive Officer, MC Sopore vide order no: DULB/PS/601 of 2019 after the  inspection team submitted its report wherein inter-alia the following derelictions have been pointed out, like Drawl/disbursement of salary by the I/C Executive officer in favour of non existing employees in violation of section 307 of Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Act, 2000/SRO: 417 dated 18/12/2008 (Jammu and Kashmir Urban Local Body Institutions (Management) service recruitment rules) and causing loss to public exchequer.

Pertinently, the Executive Officer had challenged his suspension order by filling a writ before the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and had managed to bring stay on the suspension order. He had joined the department on same post and place.

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