DSPs, other ranks challenge their demotion in Supreme Court

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Dr Waqar Ch

Lahore—The majority of the newly demoted DSPs, Inspectors and other ranks of the Punjab Police have challenged their demotion in the Lahore registry of Supreme Court.
One of the litigant, Mian Liaqat Ali, DSP Baghbanpura when contacted told this scribe that “We have filed a review petition before Supreme Court against 2-member bench of Supreme Court comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Umar Ata Bandial wherein on Jan 26 the out of turn promotion of all civil servants and police was declared ultra vires of the fundamental rights of the civil servants and unconstitutional.
He further elaborated that some of the Police officers were appointed against sports basis in 1982 strictly in accordance with sports policy and consequently were promoted out of turn in line with sports policy on the basis of their outstanding performance in sports.
He said that it was stated in the review petition that such out of turn promotions were even also given in India, Nepal and several other countries including in Pak armed forces and WAPDA and PIA etc.
Regarding other demotees, he explained that they were also given out of turn promotions on the basis of gallantry acts fighting against hardened criminals.
It may be mentioned here that DIGs, SSPs and SPs from Punjab had already filed review petition before Supreme Court which will be taken up on Feb 22 next for hearing in the larger bench.