islamabad - A Division Bench of the Islamabad High Court yesterday dismissed the Intra Court Appeals (ICAs) of 67 National Highway & Motorway Police (NH&MP) officials seeking directions for the federal government against their repatriation to the parent departments.

The IHC division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb upheld the single bench order where it was directed to send these employees back to their parent departments.

There were a total of 356 government officials, including 67 NH&MP officials who in the previous PPP government were appointed in different federal government departments on deputations and later their services were absorbed.  It was April 7 when Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi had dismissed NH&MP officials’ petitions with directions that departmental authorities should proceed against all those officials who while ignoring merit absorbed services of these deputationists. 

Then, these employees moved an Intra Court Appeal (ICA) that was fixed for hearing on Thursday before a division bench which upheld the single bench order and dismissed ICAs.

These officials were inducted in the NH&MP on deputation during the PPP government and a case for their permanent absorption in the police was initiated in the last few months of the previous government.

The PML-N government in 2014 cancelled the permanent appointment of these officials and also posted them back to their respective parent departments. However, the officials challenged their repatriation in the IHC.

These 356 officials belong to different public sector organisations, including police departments of Punjab, Sindh, KP, Balochistan and AJK.

The IHC single bench had conceded to the argument forwarded by a deputy attorney general (DAG) Raja Khalid Mehmood who while representing federal government had said that these employees were absorbed in NH&MP against merit, without considering their educational qualifications and physical standards related to height.

The petitioner NH&MP employees nominated establishment division, ministry of communication and inspector general NH&MP as respondents and challenged an office order dated July 10, 2014 where federal government in the light of departmental committee formed to implement a Supreme Court judgment date June 12, 2013 had directed these employees to go back to their original departments.

The counsel to these employees had been arguing in this matter that the court had no jurisdiction to cancel the absorption of these officials as they had become regular employees of the department and these officials could only be removed in accordance to the procedure as laid down in the NH&MP service rules and the judicial verdict alone was not enough to set aside the absorption. The IHC dual bench after issuing the above said order disposed of the ICAs.