Insult To Tricolour: J&K Govt Orders Inquiry Against Suspended Official 


By: Shabeer Ahmad | SRINAGAR
Updated: September 22, 2022 22:35

The Jammu & Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry against the then executive officer, Municipal Committee, Magam over an alleged insult to the national flag during the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign.

The inquiry is related to a picture of a garbage van carrying tricolour in Magam town in the district of Budgam that went viral on social media.

The Housing & Urban Development department has appointed Harris Ahmad Handoo, vice-chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, as an inquiry officer to hold a detailed inquiry into the misconduct of Syed Aijaz Manzoor, then in-charge executive officer, Municipal Committee, Magam, for insulting the national flag during the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign.

Har Ghar Tiranga was a campaign under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to encourage people to bring the Tiranga home and to hoist it to mark the 75th year of India’s independence. The campaign ended on August 15.

It is worthwhile to mention that the district administration in Budgam had already ordered an inquiry into the matter and put Syed Aijaz Manzoor under suspension.

According to the order, the Housing & Urban Development Department has directed VC, SDA to hold an inquiry into the matter and submit a report to it within 15 days of the issuance of the order. The order was issued on Tuesday.

“In terms of Rule 33(4) of the Jammu and Kashmir (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1956, the sanction is hereby accorded to the appointment of Harris Ahmad Handoo, JKAS, Vice-Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, as an inquiry officer, who shall conduct a detailed inquiry, in addition to the preliminary enquiry ordered by the deputy commissioner, Budgam, into the misconduct of Syed Aijaz Manzoor, the then I/C executive officer, Municipal Committee, Magam, for insulting the national flag during the programme of the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign at Municipal Committee Magam,” reads the order.

According to the order, Muhammad Rafiq Bhat, Deputy Director (administration), Directorate of Urban Local Bodies Kashmir, has been appointed as the presenting officer in the case.

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