LHC seeks RCB comments

RAWALPINDI - Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench Justice Imtiaz Rasheed Siddiqi Wednesday issued notices to Executive Officer Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) asking him to file para wise comments in response to a petition filed by a private school system after their schools in cantonment area were sealed by the authorities. The court would regularly take up the petition of Dara-e-Arqam School System filed through Advocate Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi in the first week of June. The petitioner maintained that two moths ago the RCB authorities sealed a school situated in the locality of Westridge on the account the school was functioning in residential area. The petitioner said the authorities sealed many other schools but those were later de-sealed. The petitioner has prayed to direct the RCB to let them open the school as majority of other private schools had long been functioning in the residential areas. He added that the action against Arqam School was discriminatory and it should be undone. Meanwhile, a Division Bench (DB) of Lahore High Court (LHC) put Director Personnel Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) on contempt of court notice for not upgrading the basic pay scale of a worker despite clear court orders. The DB comprising Justice Jamila Jahan Noor Aslam and Justice Chaudhry Mehmood Akhtar directed the official of the HIT to submit his written response with in fortnight time in a contempt of court petition filed by Abdul Qadoos who has been seeking promotion in BPS-16 for the last seven years. The petitioner through his counsel Advocate Fazal Siddiqi has maintained that he was disallowed promotion in 2001 and his departmental appeals were rejected. Later Federal Services Tribunal in 2002 directed the HIT to provide the petitioner the next scale. The petitioner waited for four years for implementation of FST orders but in vain. It was in 2006 that the petitioner moved the LHC for implementation of the orders of the FST but the court dismissed his petition calling it time barred. The petitioner in 2008 filed an intra-court appeal against the rejection of his petition and got the decision in his favour but the HIT authorities had not been complying with the court orders.

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