IHC serves notice on AGPR

ISLAMABAD - Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday served notices on the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) Tahir Mehmood after the federal government requested the court to vacate the stay orders against his termination.
After issuing the notices, Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi deferred the hearing till the next date to be fixed by the office of registrar.
It was on December 18 when the federal government had suspended AGPR Tahir Mehmood for three months. However, a single bench of IHC restored Tahir Mehmood by granting him stay order in this regard.
On Friday, the government moved a petition and requested the court to vacate the stay order. It contended in the petition that Mehmood was suspended because of serious corruption allegation against him. Advocate S A Rehman the counsel for the federal government argued that there are serious corruption charges against Mehmood and inquiry is underway against him.
The counsel stated before the court that government had temporarily suspended him for the period for three months in order to ensure a fair and transparent inquiry against him.
Therefore, S A Rehman requested the court to vacate the stay order in this matter. After hearing the arguments of the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Qureshi issued notices to the AGPR and directed him to submit his reply in this connection.
While restoring AGPR on December 20, Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi had noted in his decision that the points raised by the petitioner needs consideration and suspended operation of the notification that had suspended Tahir Mehmood on December 18.
Establishment Division had suspended the AGPR Tahir Mehmood for a period of three months on December 18. Petitioner had told the court that the notification of his suspension did not mention any reasons in this regard. Tahir Mehmood will be retiring from the office in March 2014 after reaching the age of superannuation.

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