Pakistan

LHC restrains federal ombudsman to decide case against PCB

Justice Muzamil Akhtar Shabbir of Lahore High Court on Tuesday restrained the federal ombudsman office from deciding a case against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and sought replies from the secretary wafaqi mohtasib and its deputy director of Multan.

The judge ordered that no final decision on the basis of a hearing held by deputy director Multan shall be passed.

Judge also sought replies from the respondents till September 14.

Judge issued the directions on a petition moved on behalf of PCB assailing a notice from Mohtasib Regional Office Multan wherein the hearing was being illegally conducted by its deputy director (Incharge).

Taffazul Haider Rizvi, counsel for the PCB took the plea that a deputy director of Multan office was reminded that only the Wafaqi Mohtasib could hold a hearing but the officer did not only held proceedings.

He asserted the deputy director also passed an illegal direction that no counsel be allowed to address him and he was fully empowered by Wafaqi Mohtasib to decide any matter.  He pointed that under the Establishment of the Office of Wafaqi Mohtasib Order 1983 it was only the Wafaqi Mohtasib who could hold a hearing and decide any matter.

The counsel for the PCB submitted that only in domestic inquiries counsel were not allowed but the Mohtasib was illegally attempting to refuse parties to be represented by advocates in other matters was a sheer violation of the law. He pointed out that the apex court of the country had already held that no judicial/interim order could be issued by any staff/consultant.

He submitted that the impugned decision was made illegally heard and decided by staff members/consultants and the Wafaqi Mohtasib only in a mechanical manner was approving these findings without holding any hearing which was a brazen violation of law against the verdicts of Supreme Court. He requested to declare the impugned verdict as null and void

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