Contempt proceedings: LHC directs ETPB secretary to appear before court on July 25

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The Lahore High Court here on Tuesday directed Secretary Shrines of Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to appear before the court in persons on July 25 in a petition seeking contempt proceedings against the Board authorities for ignoring a court's order against termination of a deputy director and other employees.

The petitioner, a deputy director Afaq Ahmad, had challenged his termination being in violation of the court's order. The petitioner was appointed on contract basis in 2009 on a grade 18 post in a project for establishment of Baba Guru Nanak University. The petitioner counsel Maqsooma Bokhari said a federal cabinet committee in 2011 approved regularisation of 61 contractual employees of the ETPB including the petitioner. She said the board, however, regularised the services of only four employees and ignored the rest.

The counsel pointed out that the board authorities later terminated the petitioner along with other employees. The termination was challenged before the High Court and the court suspended the impugned orders, the counsel said and added that the respondent authorities had not been complied with the orders.

The counsel said the respondents were not reinstating the petitioner to his job in compliance with the court's order, therefore, committing contempt of the court. She prayed to the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents and punish them as per the law.

Courtesy: BR

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