State government officials termed the suspension as "routine". Every government servant is deemed to be suspended within 48 hours of his or her arrest under the civil services conduct rules.
However, in this case, the state government had sought some clarifications from the NIA before issuing the order. The order, which was issued today by Director of Agriculture Altaf Andrabi, said that Yousuf is deemed to have been suspended from the date of his arrest.
Yousuf was arrested by the NIA in connection with a 2011 terror-funding case for allegedly receiving money from his father, who is currently based in Pakistan.
The case, registered by the NIA in April 2011, relates to the transfer of money from Pakistan to Jammu and Kashmir through hawala channels via Delhi, which the agency believed was used in funding terrorism and secessionist activities.
Yousuf's father Mohammed Yusuf Shah -- better known as Syed Salahuddin -- was declared a specially designated global terrorist by the US Department of State in June.
Besides heading Hizbul Mujahideen, Salahuddin is the chairman of the United Jehad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of terrorist outfits operating in the Kashmir Valley.