Axed: Corruption charges, ’embarrassing’ the govt proves dearly for Tasaduq Jeelani
SRINAGAR: The Government on Thursday ordered that Director Tourism, TassaduqJeelani, shall, with immediate effect, cease to function as the head of the department in Kashmir. The charge of the post of Director Tourism Kashmir shall be held by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir till further orders.
“In the interest of administration, TassaduqJeelani, KAS, shall, with immediate effect, cease to discharge the duties and functions attached to the post of Director Tourism, Kashmir which shall henceforth and until further orders, be discharged by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir in addition to his own duties,” said an order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD) today.
Meanwhile, in a separate order, the Government has ordered that the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir shall also conduct an inquiry into the incidents reported to have occurred during the events organized by the Tourism Department under the “Kashmir Familiarization Tour” from October 25 to October 27, 2018.
The inquiry, according to the order, shall be conducted within 10 days and a report submitted to GAD in this regard.
However, sources say that the governments tough action against the official was initiated after a top official of the Indian embassy in Moscow filed a complaint to the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary complaining against Director of Tourism TassaduqJeelani whose ‘behaviour’ from Srinagar to Russia is known to have led to unprecedented embarrassment for the government.
A senior diplomat at the Indian embassy in Moscow had dashed off a complaint to Chief Secretary, inviting his attention to the “huge embarrassment” the Director of Tourism has caused to Government of India with his “objectionable behaviour” during his recent tour to that country.
Notably, after the Moscow visit by TasaduqJeelani, the Directorate of Tourism organised “Kashmir Familiarisation Festival” from October 25 to October 27 at Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.
However, at all the three events, Director has allegedly delivered speeches in a “highly objectionable manner”. Videos of his speeches at SKICC Srinagar on October 25 and a private hotel at Gulmarg on October 27 have gone viral in social media, causing huge embarrassment to the Government, particularly to the bureaucrats and advisors who recommended his posting as Director of Tourism, Kashmir, following Mehmood Shah’s shifting to an insignificant position two months back.
During his speech made at Gulmarg, TasaquqJeelani calls hotelier Asif Burza as his “bosom friend”. Officials have brought it to the notice of the top echelons in the Government that a number of private huts and hotels booked for guests of the festival include some of Asif Burza’s hotels. Top officials in JKTDC complained that none of the state-owned corporations huts or hotels were booked for the guests, so as to raise the lodging bills.