HC stays transfer of Conservator Forest made at the behest of Ex-Minister

JAMMU, JUN 30: In a petition filed by Tej Bahadhur Singh challenging the Govt order No: 187-FST of 2018 dated 07.06.2018 to the extent and whereby petitioner, who is an IFS Officer of 2008 batch, has been transferred from the post of Conservator of Forest(CF), Chenab Circle, Doda and directed to report to PCCF and Vivek Sharma, who is an IFS Officer of 2010 batch, posted as DFO Bhaderwah, has been asked to look after the charge of CF, Chenab Circle, Doda at the behest of Ex-Minister Rajiv Jasrotia.
Justice Janak Raj Kotwal after hearing Advocate Abhinav Sharma appearing for the petitioner issued notice to the Commissioner/ Secretary Forest Dept, Rajeev Jasrotia Ex-Minister presently MLA and Vivek Sharma DFO Bhaderwah and ordered that subject to objections and till next date before the Bench, impugned order dated 07.06.2018 (supra) to the extent of its item No. 2, whereby Vivek Sharma has been asked to look after the charge of CF Chenab Circle, Doda shall stay. The High Court also directed that Vivek Sharma shall report to the Administrative Department and it shall remain open for Administrative Department to give him appropriate posting, having regard to his cadre position. In addition, the Administrative department shall accord consideration to the representation of the petitioner in view of the averments petition and shall intimate the decision taken to this Court along with their objections in the writ petition. JNF