Jammu & Kashmir

JK Admin orders enquiry into allegations against president ULB Anantnag

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered an enquiry into allegations against the president of municipal council Anantnag.

The Housing and Urban Development Department has appointed Haris Ahmad Handoo, vice-chairman Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), as inquiry officer to enquire into the allegations against president Municipal Council Anantnag. Hilal Ahmad Shah of Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party is president of the urban local body.

According to an order, Principal Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, Dheeraj Gupta has ordered the inquiry under section 26 of Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Act-2000.

“As a principle of natural justice, a reasonable opportunity of being heard shall be afforded to the president concerned,” the order states.

The H&UDD has appointed Rafeeq Ahmad, deputy director of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir as presenting officer in the case.

The inquiry shall be completed within a period of 15 days.

Under section 26 of the Municipal Act, the Government is empowered to remove a President or Vice-President from his/her office on the ground of abuse of his powers or of habitual failure to perform his duties.

“Provided that no removal of the president or vice-president shall be notified unless the matter has been enquired into by an officer, appointed by the government and the president or vice-president, as the case may be, has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard,” the law states.

Earlier this year, the administration removed the president Municipal Committee, Awantipora, Bilal Ahmad Bhat on the grounds of abusing his official position.


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