HC stays govt order to remove SKIMS Director

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/12/2018 1:43:01 PM

Govt appoints Shah as interim Director

SRINAGAR, Jan 11: The state high court today stayed the state government's order of removing director, SKIMS, Dr A G Ahangar and attaching him with the general administration department last week.
But hours after the court direction, the state government appointed Dr Omar Javaid Shah as interim director of SKIMS till further orders.
Justice S K Hanjura, hearing a petition filed by Ahangar through his counsel Zaffar A Shah, issued the stay on the order by which he was removed from the post and asked to report to the department.
The petitioner was removed last week by the Jammu and Kashmir government following a sting operation by a TV news channel.
The channel showed three senior doctors of the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science (SKIMS) here allegedly doing private practice in violation of a ban imposed by the government on the hospital's doctors.
While Dr Ahangar was attached to the General Administration Department, the three doctors were suspended by the government through a separate order.
"The petition filed by Dr Ahangar came up for consideration before Justice S K Hanjura.
The court directed for the stay of the government order dated January 6, 2018," Shah said.
He said as a consequence of today's order, Dr Ahangar can resume his charge as Director SKIMS till the next date of hearing on January 31.
But the state government appointed Dr Omar Javed Shah as interim director of SKIMS until further orders.
“Dr Omar Javed Shah, Professor Surgical GE and Dean Medical Faculty, SKIMS shall hold the charge of Director, SKIMS and ex-officio secretary to government, in addition to his own duties, till further orders,” read an official order.
Health services in SKIMS have been affected for last several days due to a strike by resident doctors against the removal of director. They are demanding his reinstatement. Because of the strike the health services in wards and OPDs have been hit. Routine surgeries have also got disrupted.
However, the emergency services and emergency operations have been exempted from strike.



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