J&K HC stays SAC proceeding in ministerial status case
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday temporarily stopped the State Accountability Commission (SAC) from examining as to how the state Chief Minister's political adviser and heads of some boards in the state were given ministerial status.
Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir stayed the anti-graft body's February 17 notice to the chief minister's office seeking its explanation as to why it had conferred ministerial status on the political adviser and chiefs of various boards in J&K.
Four politicians -- Mushtaq Bukhari, Shamima Firdous, Bashir Ahmad Naaz and Kuldip Raj -- had moved the High Court seeking orders to quash the ongoing proceedings before the SAC.
The petitioners, who head various boards and commissions and enjoy Minister of State status, pleaded that the SAC Act does not provide any powers to the Commission to take suo motu cognizance of any matter.
While admitting the petitions, Justice Mir issued notices to the state government and the SAC with the direction to file their responses within four weeks.
The SAC last month had issued notices to the CMO and heads of various boards to explain under what rules CM's political advisers and board heads were conferred ministerial status.
The Commission had observed that conferring ministerial status was seen as undue favour to the politicians at the cost of public exchequer.