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IHC stays recovery from state TV’s ex-MD

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday stayed operation of an order passed by the single-bench over recovery of three percent amount drawn by state-run TV’s former managing director from monthly advertisement revenue.

The court stayed an order of single judge-bench of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who had earlier ordered recovery of the amount drawn by Yousaf Beg Mirza from the state-owned entity.

A division bench of IHC, headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, resumed hearing of an intra-court appeal (ICA) of the state-run TV’s former MD against a decision of IHC in which it had declared his appointment as illegal.

During the course of hearing, Naeem Bokhari counsel for Mirza, apprised the bench that the impugned judgement was violative of Article 4, 9, 10 A and principles of natural justice.He said that the single judge in chambers had no jurisdiction to issue directions suo moto in the nature of quo warranto without a formal petition before him.

“The impugned judgement over-reaches the pleading and prayers,” he added. The direction to recover amounts from the appellant on the basis of a negotiated contract was unfair, unjust and prayed for suspension of the said order.

He said that he was neither allowed a fair trial nor due process was adopted. The appellant was never put on notice qua his appointment in 2006, which ended on 21.6.2008 nor the appointment in 2010, which was to end in October 2013, he added.

The decisions relied upon by the judge were not applicable in the case of the state-run TV. No qualifications were prescribed by any statue or rule for appointment of the MD, he said. Further, hearing of the case was adjourned till next week.

Source; The News

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