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SKIMS MS Moves Court Against Director’s Decision

SRINAGAR: The High Court has granted a fortnight for the SKIMS administration to respond to the petition that the tertiary care hospital’s medical superintendent has filed. Dr Farooq A Jan, the medical superintendent of the SKIMS, has pleaded that he has been divested of his legitimate powers vested in him as the MS.

Dr Farooq A Jan (SKIMS)

Dr A G Ahangar, talking to Kashmir Life on July 11, 2020. KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

The petition was heard by Justice Rajneesh Oswal on February 18. It was after the arguments from the two sides that the SKIMS Director was given two weeks to respond to the writ petition. The next date of hearing is slated for March 9.

Dr Jan has alleged that the SKIMS Director, Dr A G Ahanger has taken 13 of the 15 functions and given it to officials and doctors much junior to him while retaining him as the nominal MS of the key hospital. Most of the powers have been given to Dr Ittoo, Jan’s Deputy. Jan has alleged that he is being deliberately bypassed and it has impacted the overall administration of the key institute. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary and Director SKIMS are the two respondents of the petition that Jan has filed.

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