ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court on Friday turned down a petition of former Principal Information Officer Rao Tehsin Ali Khan seeking directives for the government to provide him a copy of the ‘Dawn Leaks’ inquiry report.

IHC judge Aamer Farooq took up Tehsin’s petition before dismissing it on the grounds that under Article 212 of the Constitution, there was a bar on a court of law for taking cognizance of a matter where any inquiry tribunal was already established.

Deputy Attorney General (DAG), on behalf of the Establishment Division, informed the court that the federal government has not initiated any inquiry against Tehsin and he was yet to be charge-sheeted formally.

The former PIO had requested the court to direct the government to provide him the copy of the inquiry report so that he may come to know about the exact nature of the charges leveled against him, and he could avail legal remedies in the matter.

Tehshin had cited the Federation of Pakistan through information, interior, establishment division and secretaries to the Prime Minister as respondents.

He had contended that a very harsh action had been taken against him that resulted in his public humiliation, and removal from the office of PIO, despite the fact that neither had he attended the meeting at the Prime Minister’s House nor the outcome of the meeting was conveyed to him.

The petitioner had said that an inquiry committee headed by Justice (retd) Amir Raza had called him and asked him about his role in the matter. He said that before the committee, he completely denied any role in this regard.

He said that in the light of report prepared by the committee, secretary to the Prime Minister on April 29, 2017, issued directions that “Rao Tehsin Ali Khan PIO of the ministry of information shall be proceeded against E&D rules 1973 on the charges based on findings in the instant report.” After this, the Establishment Division issued a notification relieving the petitioner from his duties.

The former PIO had contended that on May 3, 2017, a notification was issued by the Information and Broadcasting Division stating that he had been relieved of his duties as the PIO “while the petitioner does not know till today about the findings of the inquiry committee or the reasons for the harsh action against him that resulted in his public humiliation and also affected his service career.

He said that on April 28, 2017, the petitioner filed an application before the secretary interior requesting him to provide him with a copy of the report so that petitioner could avail lawful remedies.

He had added that despite continuous efforts, the inquiry report had not been given to him.