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SC maintains earlier decision in “out-of-turn” promotions case

Islamabad: The Supreme Court (SC) has maintained earlier decision on Tuesday and issued orders for demotion of 121 officers of the Punjab police who were promoted out-of-turn.

The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim disposed off the petition filed by affected police personnel.

The bench also suggested police officials to avail the opportunity of early retirement as if the court gave decision they could not bear it.

The issue was highlighted by the report of Inspector General (IG) Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera that mentioned the names of those police officials including senior personnel who were out-of-turn recommended by the Punjab Promotion Board.

All 121 officials have been down-graded to the same rank on which they were serving before the promotion.

The advocate general of Punjab defended the promotions which made Justice Qazi Faez Isa irked. He said that the advocate general and the provincial law minister, Rana Sanaullah, should be issued contempt of court notices for speaking against the court’s verdict.

Earlier in 2013, the Supreme Court had declared the out-of-turn promotions a violation of the Constitution and ruled that no police officer or civil servant, be given any such promotion on the behalf of a gallantry award or otherwise.