LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday restrained the selection board of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) from finalizing the process for the appointment of IT,S executive director.
The court after restraining order deferred further hearing for a fortnight on a petition challenging the appointment process and the re-composition of the selection board.
The court was hearing a petition moved by Quaid-i-Azam University vice chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Ali Shah.Petitioner’s counsel Saad Rasool submitted that 19 members of the HEC formed a selection board but the chairman of the commission unlawfully recomposed the board in a unilateral manner.
He alleged that the chairman changed the composition of the board to secure the appointment of his blue-eyed candidate on the post of executive director.He submitted that the federal ministry for education and the ministry for science and technology also raised objections to the reconstitution of the selection board.
He said that even the secretaries of the both ministries refused to attend an upcoming meeting convened by the selection board while a member of the board too advised against holding any such meeting being illegal.
He asserted that the HEC chairman had no jurisdiction to constitute the selection board or reconstitute it. He requested to set aside the impugned decision of the HEC chairman and the appointment process for the executive director for being unlawful.
A government law officer while opposing the petition sought time from the court to seek instructions from the federal government in this regard.
The court allwed the selection board to continue with the appointment process, however, observed that the fate of the appointment would be subject to the final decision of this petition.Ends/