LHC reserves verdict on ICA against 452 SCOs restoration

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Thursday reserved verdict on an Intra-Court Appeal challenging LHC single bench orders for restoration of 452 Service Centre Officials (SCOs) of Punjab Land Record Authority (PLRA).

The division bench headed by Justice Ayesha A Malik heard the appeal filed by the PLRA.

Earlier, the appellant’s counsel arguing before the bench submitted that the SCOs were recruited on contract basis in violation of the merit and they also failed in an evaluation held by the PLRA. He submitted that the PLRA terminated the services of the SCOs after fulfilling legal requirements but the LHC single bench allowed the petitions filed by the terminated SCOs and ordered to restore them.

He submitted that the single bench did not give due consideration to the stance of the appellant and ordered restoration of the SCOs. He pleaded with the court to set aside the single bench orders.

However, respondents’ counsel submitted that the SCOs were terminated through a notification by the authority without affording them an opportunity of personal hearing. He submitted that the petitioners were appointed after qualifying the test for the purpose but instead of regularising their services, the authority forced them to undergo an evaluation.

Neither the previously recruited officials nor almost 11 service centre in-charges (SCIs) appointed along with petitioners under the same advertisement by the same management, had been terminated from service, he added. He pleaded with the court to dismiss the ICA.

It is pertinent to mention that the bench had suspended single bench orders for restoration of 452 SCOs.

On August 30, 2017, Justice Ali Baqar Najafi set aside the dismissal of 452 SCOs and ordered their restoration.