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Allahabad High Court seeks response of UP govt over continued suspension of Dr. Kafeel Khan

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Allahabad Aug 3(ILNS): The Allahabad High Court sought the response of the Uttar Pradesh Government regarding the reason behind the continuing suspension of Doctor Kafeel Ahmed Khan, a pediatrician doctor of BRD Medical College, Gorakhpur for over 4 years.

A Single-Judge Bench comprised of Justice Yashwant Verma passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Kafeel Ahmad Khan.

The Petitioner challenges an order of suspension dated August 22, 2017. An additional challenge is made to an order of February 24,  2020, passed by the Disciplinary Authority which has while accepting the report submitted by the Enquiry Officer in part and dissenting with the findings returned by the Enquiry Officer in respect of two charges, directed a further inquiry to be conducted.

The Court noted that the Petitioner was constrained to approach the Court earlier on the ground that although he had been suspended way back in the year 2017, yet the inquiry proceedings had not been concluded till the filing of that petition. By an order of March 07, 2019, that petition was disposed of with a direction to the respondents to conclude the inquiry within three months.

The Court is informed by Counsel for the Petitioner that pursuant to that direction the Enquiry Officer submitted his report on April 15, 2019. The disciplinary authority however chose to pass the impugned order after almost 11 months. The delay in taking further action on the part of the disciplinary authority is not explained. The respondents are also obliged to justify the continuance of the order of suspension which has continued for more than 4 years.

Counsel for the Petitioner also assailed the impugned order on the ground of it being unsustainable in view of the principles enunciated in Punjab National Bank Vs. Kunj Behari Misra [(1998) 7 SCC 84].

On the request of the Standing Counsel prayed for time to obtain instructions and address submissions the court adjourned the matter till 05 August 2021./ILNS/AP/SV/SNG

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