Sindh High Court seeks record of illegal appointments in Sindh Environment Protection Agency
By: Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday directed the director-general of the Sindh Environment Protection Agency and the secretary of the provincial environment department to place on record the entire record of the alleged illegal appointments in the agency on political grounds.
A division bench headed by Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa was seized with a petition of 42 candidates who challenged the appointments in Sepa on posts of BPS 1 to 15.
The petitioners impleaded the chief secretary, environment secretary, Sepa DG and others as respondents and submitted in the petition that they had applied for different posts in Sepa in response to an advertisement in the newspapers in August 2011.
They alleged that the authorities issued call letters to only favourite candidates, while their call letters were deliberately sent at wrong addresses to deprive them of the opportunity and oblige the favourite candidates.
The petitioners submitted that they approached the provincial environment minister with a request to postpone the appointments, but he rejected their request.
They prayed to the court to grant stay on the appointment process and order the respondents to ensure transparency in appointments.
The bench put off the hearing to Sept 13, directing a Sepa official present in the court to communicate to the respondent secretary and SEPA DG to produce the whole record in court on next hearing.