SC reserves judgment on bureaucrat promotions

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in the promotions case of bureaucrats.

The apex court ordered the establishment division to serve notices to all those civil servants promoted to Grade 22.

A three-member bench was hearing the petitions challenging promotions by the prime minister of 54 junior bureaucrats from Grade 21 to 22.

The bench said that while the judgement has been reserved for seven days, it can be delivered earlier if required.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry said that promotions without merit are not a healthy sign for a state although they may favour the government.

The chief justice also said the eligibility of the candidates was clearly not considered in these cases.

The Attorney General Anwar Mansoor in his arguments said that the prime minister has taken every aspect into consideration in the promotions.

Consul of the affectees, Afnan Karim Kundi said that there is no rule or scale to judge seniority, most of the people already have an acting charge of the same grade and they are senior bureaucrats but have not been promoted.

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