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Notices issued on plea against amendments to civil servants law

Notices issued on plea against amendments to civil servants law

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday directed the provincial government to submit its reply on a petition challenging the amendments to the Sindh Civil Servants Bill that carried legal cover for all appointments, inductions and transfers and postings which were processed on deputation for temporary periods.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Muneeb Akhtar issued notices to the chief secretary, finance secretary and others and put off the hearing to a date to be later pronounced by the court’s office.

The petition against the amended bill was filed by Rana Faizul Hassan, a civil rights campaigner and secretary general of the United Human Rights of Pakistan.

The petitioner submitted that the amended bill was introduced by the provincial government to restore officers wrongfully posted in other departments on deputation.

He said that the amendment to the act was illegal, unconstitutional, anti-merit and contradictory to Supreme Court orders.

He said that the Supreme Court had in its landmark judgement ordered to send back over 300 senior officers on deputation to their parent departments.

He said that the amendment empowered the provincial government to appoint officials from any provincial or federal government department, autonomous body and government company on deputation to any post, service or cadre of equal grade.

Additionally, the petitioner said, the bill stated that the appointments made by the government should not be called into question in any court.

He asked the court to declare the amended bill illegal and unconstitutional.

KWSB’s reply sought on NSK plea against disconnection Another division bench, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, directed the managing director of the Karachi Water & Sewerage Board (KWSB) to submit his reply on a petition against disconnecting the water connection of National Stadium, Karachi (NSK).

The petition was filed by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Barrister Maqbool Shah, appearing for the PCB, stated that the National Stadium’s management paid water bills on a regular basis but still the KWSB disconnected its connection.

He submitted that one water connection of the stadium was disconnected in 2006 due to construction of a flyover near the stadium. However, in 2007, the stadium’s management took a new connection.

The counsel said that the water utility severed the connection, although there were no dues outstanding against the stadium management.

Barrister Shah told the judges that the shortage of water was creating difficulties as the matches of Pakistan’s most premium cricket tournament, Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, were being played on the stadium.

He said that the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament could be affected due to the illegal act of KWSB. The counsel asked the court to direct the water utility to restore the connection to the stadium.

The bench issued a notice to the KWSB and put off the hearing to a date to be later pronounced by the court’s office.

Published in Dawn, October 31st, 2015

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