Kupwara: Authorities on Saturday placed an employee of Health Department under suspension for campaigning in the ongoing District Development Council (DDC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara Kupwara district, GNS reported.
The suspended employee’s son is contesting the DDC elections as an independent candidate from Nutnussa constituency in Kupwara and the former was campaigning for him.
According to a report submitted by Superintendent of Police, Police District Handwara, to the office of District Development Commissioner Kupwara on November 30, the employee, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh, a resident of Zabb Magam Handwara, had also filed nomination as an independent candidate which was rejected because of him being in government services.
“It has been further reported that the official is still involved in campaigning for election in Magam and Handwara constituency as his son namely Faisal Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh has also submitted nomination for Nutnussa Constituency as an independent candidate,” reads an order by Additional Deputy Commissioner Kupwara.
To ascertain the status of the employee, a report was sought from concerned Chief Medical Officer who in response submitted that the individual is a government employee in Health Department and is presently working at Medical Block Zachaldara as Basic Health Worker.
“The involvement of the official in the filing of nomination papers and indulging in election campaigning is a clear violation of Model Code of Conduct, which deserves punitive action as warranted under law,” the ADC said, adding, “(Ghulam) Mohi-ud-Din Sheikh, Basic Health Worker, presently working at Medical Block Zachaldara, is hereby placed under suspension and is attached with Assistant Commissioner Development Kupwara with immediate effect, who shall conduct the enquiry into the matter and furnish a detailed report within 15 days.” (GNS)