Controversial appointment: Chief Justice cites 7 charges against auditor general

Published: August 27, 2011

The chief justice wrote in the letter that the president might be unaware of the allegations against Rana at the time of his appointment. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

In a letter sent on Friday to President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary cited seven charges that have been levelled against recently appointed Auditor General of Pakistan Akhtar Buland Rana during his career.

A copy of the letter was also forwarded to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. After President Zardari appointed Rana on the prime minister’s advice on August 23, the chief justice was approached for administering oath to the new auditor general. The chief justice wrote in the letter that the president might be unaware of the allegations against Rana at the time of his appointment.

According to the letter, the charges include obtaining Canadian nationality without seeking prior permission from the government, travelling abroad on three Pakistani passports and two national identification cards and the sexual assault of a subordinate woman during service. And most significantly, the letter says, he never qualified for his promotion to grade 22. Rana also falsely accused former auditor general Tanveer Agha before the supreme judicial council.

The auditor general holds a constitutional office and proceedings can only be initiated against him under Article 209 of the Constitution once he is appointed auditor general. Article 209 deals with disciplinary action and describes the role of the supreme judicial council. The chief justice presides over the council which consists of the next two senior most judges of the Supreme Court and two senior most chief justices of high courts. The council is primarily constituted to hear charges of misconduct against judges of the superior courts but the president can refer cases against top bureaucrats holding constitutional office.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 27th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Aug 27, 2011 - 4:06PM

    Yet another appointment where the filth is swept underneath the carpet………

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  • Ishtiaer Hussain
    Aug 27, 2011 - 5:45PM

    PCO CJ should rather look at himself and his unconstitutional acts. Unfortunately in our country, whatever CJ says, whatever he likes and how he acts are constitutional. Everything else is un- or ultra-constitutional. CJ has made fun of our constitution. It seems our military dictators had more respcet for our constitution than this PCO CJ who has made Supreme Court just like a street-corner office of PML-N.

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  • fus
    Aug 27, 2011 - 6:34PM

    @Ishtiaer Hussain—Wow you must be a big FAN of President Zardari. For the sake of argument even if I agree to what you have written, anyone who has done all this

    According to the letter, the charges include obtaining Canadian nationality without seeking prior permission from the government, travelling abroad on three Pakistani passports and two national identification cards and the sexual assault of a subordinate woman during service. And most significantly, the letter says, he never qualified for his promotion to grade 22. Rana also falsely accused former auditor general Tanveer Agha before the supreme judicial council.

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  • Syed Hussain Jafri
    Aug 27, 2011 - 8:08PM

    @Ishtiaer hussain! You are absolutely right. This PCO CHIEF JUSTICE should look at himself first. He thinks what ever he says is constitutional. THIS IS DICTATORSHIP. This PCO CJ is acting like a dictator. Parliament should deduce his powers. I dont understand why he talks too much and why his comments become headlines in the newspapers.

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  • AnIndian
    Aug 27, 2011 - 8:23PM

    PJ Thomas was a bureaucratic against whom several allegations and charges existed. The Congress government in India appointed him as the head of the Chief Vigilance Commission (CVC) an anti-corruption body.

    The opposition made an uproar in the parliament…

    Within a few days, the Supreme Court of India scrapped the appointment and held the PM (who was part of the committee for appointing the CVC) personally responsible and chided him…

    The Opposition parties and the Courts have equal duty to safeguard the interests of the people and the state… It is shameful if even they do not function to perform their role…

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  • Aug 27, 2011 - 11:47PM

    The President has not answered trhe allegations. The man has divided loyalties. He chose to take another nationality without permission. What about his two ID Cards? The government can go to depth of maladminstration to promote cronyism. This governement has been sent from the worldly masters to destroy the chrisma attached to ZA Bhutto and the PPP.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Aug 28, 2011 - 3:46AM

    My Lord, every ‘superior’ official is a criminal, I mean everyone. If you want to prove yourself as innocent, come to my court and prove it, that you may not be able to.

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  • Mirza
    Aug 28, 2011 - 6:42AM

    The PCO CJ would have to eat his own words. As his stand/letter has no legal basis. It is rather an ego clash and no constitutional basis.

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  • Max
    Aug 28, 2011 - 7:22AM

    I cannot say about his passport and ID cards duplication, but the charge of sexual harassment is just absurd. I was Akhtar Buland classmate at Punjab University as was Professor Rasul Bakhsh. He was not the sexual harassment type guy then what to say now. Professor Rasul Bakhsh will bear me out that Akhtar Buland was actually a very shy type and a decent gentleman.
    It is time that he should go ahead and press charges of slandering against the trio in the National Assembly. If this is how politics operates in Pakistan then may that higher power bless Pakistan.

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