After its years-long reluctance, the Sindh government finally gave in to the Supreme Court and reversed the out-of-turn promotions of 59 police officials on Saturday. To this effect, an official notification was issued by the Sindh government. However, around 12 officers promoted out-of-turn will continue to work at their posts.
The Sindh advocate general has submitted the report to the apex court which states that the government has cancelled the promotions of 59 police officials, a source told The Express Tribune. He also reportedly asked the court for until August 2 to cancel the remaining promotions.
In 2005, around 40 officers affected by the out-of-turn promotions of their colleagues move the Sindh High Court. In its verdict, announced on March 31, 2009, the court declared all out-of-turn promotions illegal and ordered the Sindh government to reverse them.
The decision was challenged in the Supreme Court which upheld the SHC verdict and ordered the Sindh government to implement it.
Instead of reversing the promotions, the Sindh government passed the Sindh Civil Servants (Amendment) Act 2013 on February 7, 2013 to legalise out-of-turn promotions. The new law was also annulled by the SC and the Sindh government was once again asked to enforce the SHC verdict.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2013.
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