IHC takes up Bureaucrat’s promotion case on tuesday

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High court Tuesday took up Intra Court Appeal (ICA) moved by federation challenging judgement of a single bench in the promotion cases of bureaucrats.

A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb resumed hearing of the appeal against the decision of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who set aside the promotions while directing to revise promotion criteria.

During the course of proceedings, Masroor Ali Shah counsel for Ghani ur Rehman , Commandant Frontier Constablory (FC) stated that his client was deferred just on verbal opinion adding that there were no documentary material against Rehman.

He argued that how an official could superseded on a oral opinion.

Shah said an offial who was detained in Bannu Jail and cases against his were pending in Peshawer High Court was promoted while superseding his client.

Yet the arguments of the counsel were continued the bench adjourned further hearing till February 24.

On next hearing counsels for other petitioners would present their arguments.

Earlier, the Additional Attorney General (AAG) Afnan Karim Kundi completed his arguments before a division bench stating that many of the petitions were based on speculations and only four to five petitions actually challenged Central Selection Board (CSB)’s decision on the grounds that they were superseded.

AAG said that several among the 60 odd petitions were “copy paste.” “May be they were filed by the same counsel.

Kundi said that petitioners were fine with categorisation and overriding effect because they never challenged it.

It is pertinent to mention here that, On July 27, 2015, IHC’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui set aside the promotions, directed the government to revise its promotion criteria and reconsider promotions of the officers whose names had been deferred in the (CSB) meeting.

The court had also declared that the entire process carried out by the CSB on the basis of the formula was void.

The formula placed 15 marks at the discretion of the CSB. Five marks for integrity/general reputation/perception had over had the overriding effect on the remaining marks.