Jammu, Jul 9(ILNS) The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today dismissed the petition filed by a doctor seeking extension of his service up to end of 2021 in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.The petitioner, Dr Nawaz Ashruf Khan, is an experienced medical doctor who discharges his services in the Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (respondent university), Jammu and Kashmir, as Medical Officer and after rendering his services for three decades has retired from service on reaching the age of superannuation on June 1, 2021.
The petitioner contended that in in view of the scenario created by Covid-19, he be granted extension in service up to the end of 2021. The Government of J&K has also suggested to give extension in service to retiring faculty members, consultants, doctors working in Health and Medical Institutions/ Hospitals, Health workers, medical and para-medical staff and warriors of Health and Medical Department of the Union Territory.
The respondent had given a representation to the University, which rejected his claim and conveyed the same to him through a communication dated May 31, 2021. The petitioner feeling aggrieved of the communication challenged the same in the High Court.
On Wednesday, a single-judge bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey observed that the only ground the petitioner has raised in support of his claim is that because of his three decades of continuous and unblemished career he deserved to be given an extension in the service in view of the Covid-19 scenario in tune with the announcement made by the Government of J&K.
The Court said that the ground taken by the petitioner in seeking extension in his service was to be looked into by the respondent-university but the university having found the request beyond the scope, turned down the same in their administrative domain. It is quite obvious that the University did not require the services of the petitioner, therefore, rejected his claim. The petitioner has absolutely no right to question the decision of the respondent university, the Bench while dismissing his petition held./ILNS/SNG