KARACHI: The Supreme Court ordered the government of Sindh on Thursday to submit a full and detailed list of officers who have been inducted in the provincial government despite its judgments against this in other cases.
In two judgments, the Supreme Court had ruled that all government officials posted or working on deputation or given jobs elsewhere should be repatriated to their parent or original departments.
On Thursday, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Amir Hani Muslim were hearing a case in which the SC had taken action itself on a request submitted by a representative of a traders’ group in Sukkur, Baharuddin Shaikh, against the builder mafia in the city. The bench had taken the matter up on Wednesday as well. The judges had summoned Sindh’s top bureaucrat, the chief secretary, and the secretary for the administration department to appear on Thursday and submit a list.
Thus, on Thursday, both of them appeared along with Sindh’s top legal officer, Advocate General Abul Fateh Malik with the papers. They showed that the officers have since been sent back to their original departments.
The report did not, however, satisfy the bench and as the judges made some queries, the AG said that there may be a few cases left over.
The judges ordered for these officers to be sent back by the next hearing on March 16.
The bench later exempted the chief secretary from attending court on Friday.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 16th, 2012.