LAHORE - A civil court yesterday stayed the operation of a termination letter issued by Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to its deputy manger Khalid Butt just for demanding promotion to the next rank after his five years service.

Nazar Abbas Gondal, Civil Judge 1st Class, passed the order and adjourned further hearing until Oct 28. The judge also issued contempt notice to the university and sought explanation that why it not complied with the previous order of the court which maintained status quo regarding the letter’s operation.

Khalid Butt, the plaintiff, submitted that he served the institution for five years since the university administration confirmed his appointment as deputy manager in the general administration department on Oct 6, 2010.

He stated that the LUMS vice chancellor admired his services and his salary was increased in 2013. On July 8, 2014, the VC appreciated his performance and rated his services as A-plus and the salary was increased again.

Although he served the university with his utmost ability and hard work to the entire satisfaction of the administration for five years, Khalid said, he was not given due promotion.

His noble protest for not being promoted annoyed the administration which issued a letter on Sept 18, 2015, and terminated him with immediate effects.

The plaintiff has requested the court to suspend the operation of the termination letter and order the university administration to pay him salary till the case is decided.

LHC seeks more arguments in land retrieving case: The Lahore High Court yesterday sought more arguments in a petition filed by a citizen challenging allotment of a piece of land to cricket academy which earlier was given to him on lease.

DCO Faisalabad Noorul Ameen Mengal appeared before the court and said that memorandum of understanding has been signed between the district administration and cricket academy to establish cricket ground and cricket academy in the city.

DCO said that the contact of the petitioner has ended up and now another group has occupied the land. Saeed Ajmal, former cricketer, also appeared in the court and submitted that academy is being established to train local children for cricket in Faisalabad. He pleaded the court to order the local administration to retrieve the possession of the land from the illegal occupants.

After hearing arguments of the respondents, Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi sought more arguments from the parties and adjourned further hearing until Nov 17.

Qaisar Mushtaq, a local citizen of Faisalabad, had filed the petition and stated that he had leasing rights of the land but it had been allocated to cricket academy. He said it was unlawful. The petitioner requested the court to retrieve his land from the control of local administration.

Missing Person: The LHC ordered Gujranwala CPO to recover a missing man and produce him in the court on next hearing, Oct 26. Abrar Ahmad, the petitioner, said that police had kept Aftab Ahmad at some unknown place over a financial issue with a close relative of a local MNA Mudassar Qayyum Nahra. He said that the family tried his best for the recovery of the abductee but could not find him. He was found at Gujranwala Civil Lines police station when he was traced through his cell phones, the petitioner submitted. He further stated that missing of Aftab Ahmad had caused serious mental agony for the family members. The petitioner requested the court to order the police to recover him and produce him in the court.