SC to frame contempt charges against IGP, ACD Sindh chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday ruled for framing contempt of court charges against IGP and chief of Anti-Corruption Division, Sindh, for violating the court judgment while sending an officer on deputation.

The court after rejecting unconditional apologies tendered by IGP Ghulam Haider Jamali and Mumtaz Shah, chief of Anti-Corruption Division Sindh, ruled that contempt of court charges will be framed against both the officials on the next date of hearing.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali heard the service matter of Sindh police department. The Supreme Court in a judgment in 2013 had declared the Sindh government policies regarding out-of-turn promotions, absorption, and contract null and void.

The court in its judgment had noted that Saifullah Pulpoto was appointed as Inspector in Sindh police on the recommendation of Chief Minister, but later on he was sent on deputation to Anti-Corruption Division. The court had ordered that Pulpoto be sent immediately to his parent department i.e. police.

In pursuance of the apex court judgment, Saifullah Pulpoto was sent back to police department, but after few months through a notification, he was again transferred to Anti-Corruption Division and also promoted to assistant director and within a year, he was appointed as Deputy Director, ACD.

Saifullah Pulpoto had challenged the apex court judgment; however, his appeal was dismissed and later on, the court also dismissed his review petition as well.

On Wednesday, during the course of proceeding, Inspector General of Police Ghulam Haider Jamali and Chairman Anti -Corruption Division Mumtaz Shah submitted a written apology, praying for mercy for the act.

Justice Ameer Hani Muslim, a member of the bench however, observed that as per law, an officer could remain in deputation in the same post for three years only but Saifullah is on deputation in ACD for the last 10 year, which is clear violation of the law. The IGP Sindh contended that they had sent Saifullah on deputation to Anti-Corruption Division on the order of the competent authority without any requisition.

Justice Ameer Hani Muslim said that this cannot be equated as unconditional apology. “This seems that the Anti-Corruption is not meant to end corruption”, he remarked He observed that only the IGP can order for the transfer of service of the policemen. “You should not be in the uniform if you are unaware of the law”, Justice Hani remarked

The court rejected the apology and ruled that it would frame contempt charges against them on the next date of hearing and adjourned hearing for date-in-office (indefinite time).

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