LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has recalled a deputy director who was earlier transferred to Multan Bench.

Nasrullah Khan Niazi, Legislation and Litigation Deputy Registrar, was transferred from principal seat to Multan Bench on July 4.

Sources told The Nation that he was transferred to Multan after he was found involved in abuse of powers. During his posting as Staff Officer of the Registrar, Niazi bypassed his powers, the sources added.

The deputy registrar has reportedly used his contacts within the judiciary and successfully recalled his transfer orders. According to the sources, he should have been transferred from the Multan Bench if the authorities had wished to call him back at the principal seat.

However, he is likely to assume his charge soon at the principal seat.

Earlier in July, the registrar office had notified the transfer of 19 officials, including Niazi, and directed them to take over on or before 13th. On July 12, Nasrullah Khan Niazi relinquished the charge as Deputy Registrar from the Lahore High Court principal seat. But he never assumed the new charge in clear defiance of the court directives.

Sources said Niazi has patchy service record. Due to his misconduct, he was transferred to Multan Bench along with his post in 2004 but he got it reverted eventually.

The sources said there were many other officials who deserve and enjoy good reputation but they are still waiting for their promotions.

When contacted, Multan Bench Additional Registrar Iftikhar Ahmad Samdani said two officials were transferred from Lahore principal seat to Multan bench. He said one of them had assumed charge. However, he was oblivious of the official’s name who took over the charge.

On the other hand, LHC Registrar Khurseed Anwar Rizvi called it “an internal matter of the court”.

Nasrullah Khan Niazi could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.