Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday turned down the petitions moved by two former IHC officials seeking court’s directions against their repatriation to their parent department, Lahore High Court (LHC).

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani conducted hearing of the petitions and dismissed the same saying that high court has no powers to review a Supreme Court’s verdict. 

It was September 28 when the administration of IHC had started implementation of the Supreme Court’s orders that on September 26 had set aside the illegal appointments in IHC and twenty-six IHC officials were either terminated, demoted or repatriated to their original departments in the light of Supreme Court’s judgment including the real brother of IHC Chief Justice, Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi. In the current petitions, former Deputy Registrar Imtiaz Ahmed and former private secretary Naveed Qaiser had challenged their repatriation to the LHC.

 The petitioners moved the court through their counsels and contended that the apex Supreme Court’s judgment by Justice Amir Hani Muslim about the appointment says, “Except those employees who have been recruited from the Establishments of different High Courts of Pakistan, in the same scale in which they were serving or were given one-step promotion within the same cadre, all other appointments by way of absorptions are without lawful authority and hence to be de-notified.”

They argued that they were absorbed in the next grade in the IHC, therefore, their appointments were in accordance with the criteria laid down by the apex court.