LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has decided to start hearing the petition of a civil judge who challenged administrative orders of the LHC which turned him into an officer on special duty.
After the LHC removed the objection of non-maintainability over the petitions of two civil judges, Justice Shahid Mobin will start hearing the case of civil judge Shehzad Aslam on Thursday (today).
Shehzad moved the LHC through a writ petition. Advocate Tipu Salman Makhdoom, counsel for the petitioner, said that there were no complaints against his client and all of his Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs) of 14 years of service were excellent. The petitioner stated that in only two PERs, for the period from March 15, 2011 to September 12, 2011 and September 13, 2011 to December 31, 2011, were there adverse remarks. He said the remarks were obliterated by the expunge committee.On August 19, 2015, a provincial judicial selection board recommended promotions of the civil judges, but it was deferred. He said the committee was directed to submit its report within three weeks. He said, the committee instead of submitting its report within three weeks, constituted another subcommittee consisting of five sitting and five retired district and sessions judges.
The counsel argued the subcommittee that consisted of five serving and five retired DSJs could not provide recommendations for promotions of judges who never worked under them. He added none of these serving or retired DSJs ever worked with his client, hence they could not make any recommendations about his performance.
He said the LHC CJ held a meeting with his client and other OSD judges and ensured that he will get their cases rechecked by various investigative agencies. However, nothing to that effect reflected on the record.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 16th, 2017.