ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Tuesday issued contempt notices to chief secretary, secretary works and services department of Sindh and two other officials of Literacy Education Department for non-compliance of its order regarding out of turn promotions, illegal deputation and absorption.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim heard various petitions regarding the implementation of its three-year-old verdict against the out of turn promotion, illegal deputation, absorption etc. The bench also sought report regarding the promotion of DIG Sindh police Aleem Jafri. Shafqat Hussain Mughal, whose parent department was Literacy Education, but was deputed in Sindh Road Improvement Programme as a chief engineer. The said programme is part of Works and Services.

Similarly another official Syed Zahid Ali Shah’s parent department is Literacy Education Department but was also deputed in the Works and Services. In view of the Supreme Court’s judgment, many officials were repatriated to their parent departments. However, the Sindh government again retained the said officials in Works and Services.

Justice Hani expressed annoyance over non-compliance of the top court’s judgment. He said no one can be above the law on the basis of their relations, adding the officials, who violated the order should be sent to jail. The judge observed that prima facie, false statement was given regarding the repatriation of these officials.

Waseem Sajjad, counsel for Syed Pervez Shah, appearing before the court stated that his client is originally appointed in Works and Services Department as assistant engineer in 1985. He informed after separation of the said department with Literacy Education Department, his client is mistakenly transferred by government to Literacy Education Department.

The counsel contended that his client suffered irreparable loss due to such blunder and now his client is deprived of salaries and he is being not posted anywhere. Upon that, the court allowed his plea and directed the government to issue notification of Pervez Shah’s transfer accordingly in Works and Services Department. “We issue show cause notice to chief secretary Sindh, Secretary Works and Services Department, and beneficiaries to appear and submit their submissions,” the court ruled, adding in case their replies are not satisfactory then the contempt proceedings would be initiated against them.

The hearing of case will be resumed after summer vacations.

The bench also directed secretary Works and Services to fix the seniority of aggrieved in conformity with his batch-mates.