Out-of-turn promotions: Govt to seek review of apex court’s judgment

Published: July 3, 2013

The SC had on June 12 suspended the controversial law that gave legal cover to out-of-turn promotions, deputations, absorptions and re-employment of retired officers by the provincial government. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: The Sindh government still plans to approach the Supreme Court to seek a review of the apex court’s order regarding cancellation of out-of-turn promotions to police officers, it emerged on Wednesday.

“It is our (Sindh government’s) right to seek a review of any order,” advocate general Khalid Javed Khan told The Express Tribune

The SC had on June 12 suspended the controversial law that gave legal cover to out-of-turn promotions, deputations, absorptions and re-employment of retired officers by the provincial government following months of litigation by both the beneficiaries and the aggrieved. The said law was found to be in contravention of Sindh Civil Servants Service Rules 1974 and the government was given three weeks to reverse all such appointments.

The government, while filing the compliance report with the Karachi registry of SC on Tuesday, said that except for officers who received out-of-turn promotions all appointments have been cancelled. The government added that cancellation notifications for the former were ready too but overnight withdrawal of such a large number of officers would jeopardize the government’s efforts to counter terrorism and requested for two months time. Its, however, up to the apex court whether to accept government’s request or not.

AG Khan said that review would be sought before the court decides on its request for extra time.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 4th, 2013.

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