SHC suspends transfer letter of director Military Lands & CantonmentsAugust 5, 2014
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday suspended the operation an administrative letter regarding transfer of Zeenat Ahmed, director Military Lands & Cantonments Karachi region.
A division bench headed by Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi gave this interim injunction on a petition filed by Zeenat, who impugned her transfer letter issued by director general Military Lands & Cantonments.
The petitioner said that being an officer of grade-20, she was working as director Military Lands & Cantonments Karachi region. She told the judges that she was transferred from the post illegally through a letter issued by DG Military Lands & Cantonments in February 2014 but the letter was set aside by the SHC division bench when she approached the court against her transfer.
She said that DG Military Lands & Cantonments once again issued backdated transfer letter which she received on June 17. According to the letter, she was removed from the post of director Military Lands & Cantonments Karachi region and posted as director (F&P) Karachi, which post, she said, does not exist at Karachi headquarters of the department.
The petitioner argued that letter was unlawful as according to service rules, the DG Military Lands & Cantonments was not competent authority to pass an order for transfer of officer of a grade-20. “Only such powers are vested with the prime minister to issue such orders”.
Citing secretaries of ministry of defence, finance and establishment division, DG Military Lands & Cantonments and newly posted director Military Lands & Cantonments Karachi region as respondents, the petitioner requested the court to declare as illegal her transfer letter.
The bench after hearing initial arguments on the matter issued notice to respondents to respond on the matter by August 25. It ruled, “Till then the operation of transfer letter of petitioner is suspended.”
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