KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday suspended the operation of federal government’s order that relieved accountant general Sindh, Muhammad Ashraf Shaikh of his duty.
A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Munib Akhtar gave this interim order on a petition filed by Mr Shaikh who impleaded federal establishment division secretary, secretary finance, auditor general of Pakistan and controller general of accounts as respondents.
In the petition, he submitted that establishment division secretary and controller general of accounts issued a notification on July 15 removing him from the post and asking him to report to the office of auditor –general. The notification was followed by another notification issued on July 16 for appointment of other officer of Pakistan audit and account services group on the slot.
However, he said, both notification were held in abeyance by audit-general through an order issued on July 16. Despite the fact, the petitioner said, controller general of accounts had issued an order on July 23 relieving him of his job.
He said that he was appointed on the post by audit-general on May 9, 2013, adding that as per the relevant laws and service rules, establishment division secretary and controller general of accounts did not have powers to issue notification for his transfer as such powers only vested with auditor-general.
He requested the court to declare the both notifications and federal government’s order as illegal and direct relevant authorities to refrain from issuing unlawful notifications.
After hearing initial arguments, the division bench headed by Justice Muneb Akhtar suspended the operation of order that relieved him of his duty and issued notice to respondents and federal law officer to file comments by August 06.
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