J-K govt retires director for date of birth forgery

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Srinagar: The Government today ordered immediate superannuation of Syed Shabir Shafi, an officer of the rank of Director (P&S), presently posted in the Industries and Commerce Department, Civil Secretariat, who had committed forgery in his date of birth certificate.

Besides forwarding the case to the Crime Branch for taking necessary action under law in the matter, the Government also ordered that the salary and other illegitimate monetary benefits received by the officer beyond March 31, 2021 i.e. the period of his unauthorized overstay in service, shall be recovered from the retired officer.

Syed Shabir Shafi, son of Peer Mohmad Shafi, resident of Botahshah Mohalla, Lal Bazar, Srinagar, was appointed as Assistant Director (Statistics) by the Planning and Development Department in 1994 and then elevated to the rank of Director (P&S).

Following a complaint to the Finance Department that Date of Birth/Matriculation Certificate of Syed Shabir Shafi was doubtful, the matter was taken up with the J-K Board of School Education, which intimated that the Matriculation Certificate of the officer did not coincide by the board records and was not issued by the Board. As such the said Matriculation Certificate was not genuine and treated as fake and fabricated.

Further, the Finance Department also obtained the school record of the officer from Principal, Government Boys Higher secondary School, Zadibal, Srinagar, which mentioned that Date of Birth recorded on Admission Form of Syed Shabir Shafi was mutilated from 01-04-1961 to 01-04-1966 and the cutting was attested by the concerned Headmaster.

J-K Board of School Education also established that Date of Birth of the officer was 01-04-1961 instead of 01-04-1966.

In view of these facts, it was established that a fraud was committed by way of manipulating the actual date of birth of the officer, who had to retire on March 31, 2021 on attaining the age of 60 years.

Following this, an order was issued today by the Finance Department, according to which Syed Shabir Shafi, son of Peer Mohmad Shafi, resident of Botahshah Mohalla, Lal Bazar, Srinagar, Director (P&S) of J-K Economics and Statistics (Gazetted) Service, presently posted in the Industries and Commerce Department, Civil Secretariat, shall always be deemed to have retired from service in the afternoon of 31-03-2021.

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