IHC seeks record of judges’ appointment in district courts

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday summoned the record related to the appointment of judges in the subordinate judiciary of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Justice Farooq directed the registrar to submit the record in a week time while hearing identical petitions filed by IHC bar association, district bar association and advocate Mohammad Waqas Malik. The petitions cited 18 judges of the subordinate judiciary and IHC registrar as respondents. It may be mentioned that on November 6, 2012 a single member bench of the IHC through a short order had observed that certain judges of the subordinate judiciary were appointed through deputation in violation of the prescribed quota and subsequently ordered them to report to their respective high courts. The petitions said that the IHC administration did not follow the Judicial Services Rules 2011 with the inductions: “In the first phase of the appointments, 50 per cent quota of Islamabad was completely neglected and in the second round of appointments it was again reduced below 50 per cent.”
“The appointments of judicial officers in Islamabad were made in violation of the quota reserved for the provinces as well as for Islamabad,” it added. The judges of subordinate judiciary on the other hand informed the court that the administrative order of the high court could not be revisited on these petitions. They are of the view that there is no express provision in the IHC Act, or in Islamabad Judicial Service Rules where an administrative order regarding employment, induction or absorption can be revisited at a subsequent stage and that too at the instance of a stranger, whose only intentions is to malign the judicial officers.”
“The IHC administration had circulated a request to the provincial high courts for borrowing the services of the judicial officers for Islamabad Capital Territory and the provincial high courts then circulated the request among the judicial officer and finally after following a certain procedure the judicial officers of other provinces joined the Islamabad Judicial Service,” the reply added.