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Petitioner has no right to hold post of Controller of Drugs: DB
7/31/2021 11:40:48 PM

SRINAGAR, July 31: Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh High Court Comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul while upholding the judgment of writ Court observed that Nazir Ahmad Wani having no right to hold the post of the Controller of Drugs, if have been disallowed to function on it.
Division Bench is of the opinion that no illegality has been committed and at the same time, there is no flaw in the impugned judgment which may permit us to intervene in the matter.
DB further said that the appeal, as such, lacks merit and is dismissed clarifying that none of the observations made hereinabove in this judgment would come in the way of either of the parties in getting their inter-se seniority determined in any other forum or in any litigation that may be pending between them.
Division Bench after hearing both the sides observed that in the absence of any material on record to establish that substantive appointments were ever made on the post of Deputy Controller Drugs under the Rules, none is eligible and qualified for promotion on the solitary post of Controller of Drugs as has been conclusively held in the previous round of litigation. Since the said post is to be filled up by promotion only from amongst the Deputy Controller Drugs irrespective of the fact that it may be a selection post and not strictly dependent upon seniority nonetheless in the peculiar facts and circumstances and as directed by the previous judgment and order dated 13.05.2015 passed in LPA Nos. 11/2015 and 01/2015 it is but necessary to mitigate the hardship, to allow the said post to be held up as a stop gap arrangement from the senior most Deputy Controller Drugs or Asstt Controller of Drugs till substantive appointment by promotion is made on the said post.
DB after hearing both the sides observed that whether the decision taken by the respondents to promote Nazir Ahmad Wani on temporary basis as Controller of Drugs could have been validly rescinded. In this connection it may be noted that Nazir Ahmad Wani cannot be recognized as the senior most person in the department as Lotika Khajuria is ex-facie senior to him. Both of them were appointed on the same day as Assistant Controller Drugs by direct recruitment and the name of Lotika Khajuria appeared as the only name after selection in merit list for appointment whereas Nazir Ahmad Wani was in the waiting list.
Therefore, even if both of them were selected simultaneously and have joined on the same day, Lotika Khajuria would be treated above Nazir Ahmad Wani. Secondly, Nazir Ahmad Wani is not eligible for appointment on the post of Controller as he had not worked as Deputy Controller of Drugs in substantive capacity for seven years.
He was never promoted permanently to hold the post of Dy. Controller of Drugs. Under Rule 5 read with Schedule II, the post of Controller of Drugs is required to be filled up by promotion through selection from Deputy Controller Drugs and Food having a minimum of seven years of service as such. (JNF)
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