Federation counsel asked to convey result of communication with PM over contractual officers’ cases

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed counsel for Federation to convey result of his communications with the Prime Minister before February 18 over the fate of fifteen officers who were re-employed on contract after attaining age of superannuation.

He was directed to convey outcome of his consultations to the Registrar for erusal in chamber.

It also directed the additional director general Federal Investigation Agency Syed Javed Hussain Bukhari, heading the Hajj arrangements corruption case, to continue his investigation and submit reports with the Registrar office for perusal of the case in chamber by Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed.

An eight-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the direction after conducting proceedings on Hajj arrangements corruption case.

The bench would take up the Hajj scam case separately on March 1.

At the outset of proceedings, the bench was apprised by the Secretary Establishment Division Abdul Rauf Chaudhry that they had moved the reviewed cases of fifteen contractual officers to the Prime Minister who had forwarded it to the Ministry of Law for seeking an opinion.

The Chief Justice observed that the quarters concerned were defying the Court’s orders.

Addressing Attorney General for Pakistan Molvi Anwarul Haq, he said “If you have decided not to implement Supreme Court’s orders, then its ok. We are saying time and again to induct fair people for the purpose of good governance and you do not want to do it.”

Justice Khalil ur Rehman Ramday remarked why should not all the people on contract be terminated today.

“At least I will be pressing for an order that these officers should be terminated right now, then you should continue consultations with Law ministry and judge which officers you can re-employ under Section 14 of the Civil Servant Act,” he added in high pitched voice.

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, counsel for Federation, said that the bench could proceed if it desired so as he had not received written direction on the issue so far.

He said the apex Court had already referred similar cases like promotions of BPS-22, Pakistan Steel Mills case etc to the competent authority for consideration as it could not pass direct orders.

The Chief Justice observed “the government is confronting us.” Pirzada replied that it was their duty to avoid institutional confrontation.

Justice Ramday maintained that they had been hearing for some time about the confrontation but there was no tussle among the institutions.

The Chief Justice referring to DG FIA Waseem Ahmed said that he had spoilt Hajj investigation process.

He questioned the contents of summary moved for granting him extension and said that he was never associated with investigation of Mumbai bomb blast case rather it was done by the then DG FIA Tariq Khosa. He questioned how a wrong summary was moved for his extension.