A petition has been filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging appointment of political assistants to chief minister Punjab.
The petition was filed by one citizen, Shahzad, in the public interest, while impleading the Punjab government, Punjab chief secretary and others.
The petitioner submitted that the respondents ap-pointed more than 30 persons as political assistants to the chief minister Punjab without any backing of any law. He submitted that such appointments did not have any status in the eyes of the law. “It is a well settled law point that any step taken by the executive without backing of law is not sustainable in the eyes of the law,” he added.
He further submitted that as per notifications for appointment of political assistants, the appointments were honorary and the political assistants were not entitled to receive any perks and privileges. However, the political assistants have been rewarded with one official vehicle, office, personal secretary and driver with fuel, as per sources, he added. He submitted that he wrote letter to respondents for taking immediate action against illegal appointments and illegal usage of vehicles but to no avail.