Those officers, who continue to hold their deputations, absorptions and out-of-turn promotions, may face contempt proceedings, warned a Supreme Court bench on Wednesday.
The apex court’s three-member bench, headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, issued this warning during a follow-up hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case at the SC Karachi registry.
The judges noted that the court had annulled deputations, absorptions and out-of-turn promotions of officers in different departments of the Sindh government but its orders were not implemented thoroughly.
The chief secretary, Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry, tried to explain that a dispute resolution committee had been formed to address the grievances of those officers affected by the court orders. Sindh AG Khalid Khan requested the court allow the committee time to complete the exercise and submit its report but the judges dismissed the idea. A court judgement is based on principals so no committee can be formed to interpret its orders, the judges observed, adding that the city’s law and order was worsening because the authorities were trampling with merit.
The chief secretary was directed to ensure that court orders are implemented in letter and spirit by Monday.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2013.
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