Another judge refuses to proceed petition against AIG appointed

KARACHI: Another judge of division bench of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday declined to proceed with the petition of senior police officers against appointment of DIG Shahid Hayat as city police chief.

Five disgruntled senior police officers Allah Dino Khawaja, Bashir Memon, Sanaullah Abbasi, Azhar Rashid and Dr Ameer Ahmed Sheikh, who are holding different posts in the Sindh police, questioned the appointment of Khan, a grade-20 officer of the Police Service of Pakistan, as Karachi Range additional inspector general (AIG), a post of grade 21.

The petitioners said Shahid Hayat had been working as DIG Special Branch before his transfer and posting as AIG through a notification issued by the chief secretary. They accused the chief secretary of ignoring senior and experienced police officers of grade 21, as well as more senior and experienced grade 20 officers.

The petitioners said Shahid Hayat was junior to them but despite this, he had been promoted to grade 20 only two years ago and assigned seniority at Serial No. 89 on the seniority list of grade-20 officers.

They described his posting as a sheer violation of rules and various pronouncements of superior courts, saying that the unlawful practice on the part of the chief secretary and the inspector general of police not only violated the statutory procedures, but also disrupted the entire civil service structure.

They asked the court to direct Shahid Hayat to explain under which lawful authority he was working as AIG. The court was also requested to suspend the operation of the September notification till the disposal of the petition.

Earlier in month of December 2013, the member judge of division bench had refused to hear the petition.

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