The In-Charge Executive Officer, Municipal Council Sopore, was suspended today by the Directorate Urban Local Bodies Kashmir. He was attached with the Executive Engineer Town Drainage Division, Kashmir with immediate effect.

Director Urban Local Bodies, Kashmir suspended the I/C Executive Officer, MC Soproe vide order no: DULB/PS/601 of 2019 Dated 01/05/2019, and vide dispatch no: DULB/Estt/8693-8700 Dated: 01/05/2019.

The elected President of Municipal Council Sopore vide communication bearing no: PMC/Spr/19/33 dated 26/04/2019 has leveled allegations against Shri Ab Lateef Mir I/C Executive Officer, Municipal Council Sopore with regard to mismanagement of official business, reads the letter that is in possession of eT.

Order reads that the team of officer headed by the Accounts Officer, Directorate of Urban Local Bodies was instructed to visit Municipal Council Sopore and submit the detailed factual report.

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, the order said.

The order further said that, non-deduction of income tax at source in respect of salary, mismanagement in issuance of building permissions, violations on account of drawl of salary without counter signatures as per standing instructions of the Directorate.

Now therefore, in view of the above facts, Shri Ab Latief Mir, I/C Executive Officer, Municipal Council Sopore is hereby placed under suspension and attached with office of the Executive Engineer, Town Drainage Division Kashmir with immediate effect.

The detailed charge sheet against the said officer along with all other delinquent officers/officials pointed out by the team shall follow, reads the order copy.

However sources also said that, Lateef Mir, EO MC Sopore was also attached in 2018, vide no: 169-HUD of 2015 dated 30/06/2015 as the then there were also allegations of dereliction of funds and other mismanagement in the said department.

The said official had illegally appointed various persons in the department concerned without the approval from the higher ups, and he had not only brought bad reputation to the department, but there was huge loss to the state exchequer, sources told.