HC rejects ousted RIMS director’s stay order plea

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IMPHAL, August 29: A single bench of the High Court of Manipur today rejected Dr S Sekharjit’s plea seeking a stay order of his removal as RIMS director.

Dr Sekharjit had challenged his premature removal citing that he was not informed of the actual cause of his removal and pleaded the court to pass an interim order to stay the removal order.

The hearing of the case (No WP (C) No. 638 of 2014) had started yesterday in the court of Justice N Kotishwar, but the judgement with regards to the plea was reserved by the court.

Continuing the hearing today, the court rejected Sekharjit’s plea citing three grounds.

It may be mentioned that Dr S Sekharjit Singh was removed prematurely from the post of director, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), by an order of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (North East Section) issued on August 25. Subsequently, he filed a case before the High Court of Manipur on August 27.

It may be noted that according to an order signed by a deputy secretary of the ministry, Shekarjit was “relieved of his duty as director with immediate effect,” and Prof Chongtham Arunkumar was to take charge of the post.

The court also served show cause notice to the respondents of the case returnable within four weeks.

The new director Dr Ch Arunkumar, officially took charge of the post at 1 pm of August 26, at the RIMS administrative block.

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