Islamabad - The Islamabad High Court yesterday issued notices to respondents in a petition challenging the appointment in Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

A single bench of IHC comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq conducted hearing of the petition moved by Raja Saim-ul-Haq Satti, and directed the respondents to submit detailed para-wise comments and report along with documents in this matter.

In his petition, Raja Saim nominated federal government through Secretary Cabinet Division, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting & National Heritage through its secretary, principal officer ‘Recruitment / Selection Committee’, PEMRA, chairman, PEMRA and two others as respondents.

He adopted that the petitioner qualifies on merit for the post of Consultant (Legal) PEMRA having on hand 16-years’ experience while the candidate low on merit was appointed/recommended by the respondents in violation of the fundamental rights of the petitioner guaranteed in the constitution.

He argued that the appointment made is illegal, against the recruitment policy and based upon demerit, nepotism, mismanagement, corruption /corrupt practices, favouritism or arbitrary decisions in making of appointment in question that too without assigning any reason whatsoever and dropped 2nd post and the name of the petitioner tantamount to gross miscarriage of justice and fair play.

Raja said that hence, the appointment of Consultant (Legal) be reviewed/ set aside and respondents appoint next two persons falling on merit list after providing the documents applied for by the petitioner.

Therefore, he prayed to the court to accept his petition and issue direction to the respondents to provide the certified copies of the related documents to the petitioner in the interest of justice.