Announcing the verdict reserved on July12, in a civil servants promotion case‚ a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry declared that promotions made during former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf,s tenure were illegal.
The court directed that the process should be carried out purely on merit and a new board should be established for the promotion of the officers.
Promotion Policy 2013 and Civil Services Act should also be brought into consideration for officers’ promotion, the court said. The Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry authored and announced the verdict.
The court had taken suo moto notice on the application of Oria Maqbool jan’s request. Oria Maqbool Jan took stand in his plea that he was at Serial No 38 in the seniority while a personality placed on Serial No 138 in the seniority, but having proximity with the former president Asif Zardari, was promoted.
The court nullified all promotions and ordered that promotions should be made on the basis of merit and under rules and regulations and should be transparent.
The court said that promotions of higher ranking bureaucrats should not be influenced by the political affinities. The court ordered that all promotions should be remade and the court directed the government to make appointments and promotions in the light of Service Act 1993 and promotion policy of January 13, 2013 and it should be ensured that impartial and non-political officers should be appointed on high ranking posts.
The court said that the government itself admitted that appointments of police officers were illegal and in light of which this verdict has been given while the court did not give any time frame to government for making appointments.
Brother-in-law of former president Asif Ali Zardari, Dr Fazalullah Pechoho is also included among the affectees of the decision. Who are currently performing the duties of additional chief secretary in the Sindh while he was at serial No132 in the seniority list, but even then he was included in the list of 80 officers who were promoted from grade 20 to grade 21.