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Dismissed employees deserve a fair trial to defend themselves: Mir

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Srinagar: Former Cabinet Minister and Apni Party Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir on Saturday said that three employees, who were dismissed from service for alleged “terror links and secessionist activities” on Friday, should be given a fair trial and an adequate opportunity to defend themselves.

Mir said that the constitution of the country entitles every citizen, who has been accused of any misdeeds, with an opportunity to defend him or herself and a fair and proper hearing by a court of law.

Apni Party leader appealed to lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to intervene in the matter of dismissing three government employees to ensure they are put through the process of justice.

Pertinently, the J&K government on Friday invoked Article 311 of the Constitution of India to dismiss its three employees —Altaf Hussain Pandit, Chemistry Professor of Kashmir University; Ghulam Rasool, a constable of Jammu Kashmir Police; and Mohammad Maqbool Hajam, a teacher of the school education department— from service for their alleged “terror links”.

Mir said, “until all these dismissed employees are given a chance to speak for themselves to respond to the allegation, this decision will remain under a question mark.” He added, “even though we believe that the government would have carried out a proper investigation before taking this extreme step, it is advisable to give the accused person a chance to respond to the accusations.”

Apni Party Senior Vice President said that he hopes that LG would take a call on to ensure all these dismissed employees are given a proper hearing and a fair trial under the law of the land.

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