Rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court (LHC), Rawalpindi bench, Monday sought reply from top police bosses of police on July 15 in a matter related to non-recruitment of some seven applicants in police department despite passing all tests.

The writ petition was filed by Attique Zaidi, son of Muhammad Fareed of Kahuta, along with six other victims through their lawyer Raja Ikram Amin Minhas. The inspector general of Punjab police, regional police officer, city police officer and medical superintendent of District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital Rawalpindi were made respondents by the petitioner, informed sources.

Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi accepted the petition for hearing and issued notices to police bosses to file their reply on July 15 (Wednesday) in this regard, sources said.

Raja Ikram Amin Minhas Advocate, the counsel for Attique Zaidi and others, stated in the petition that the petitioners applied for the post of constables in Punjab Police in the month of July 2014 after an advertisement was floated in newspapers. He said that petitioners had submitted their applications in the office of National Testing Service (NTS).

The petitioners’ academic documents were scrutinised and thereafter, petitioners were called for physical test, he said adding that petitioners passed the physical test too.

In the second phase, the petitioners appeared in written test, which was conducted by NTS.

The petitioners were declared successful and then in the next phase, petitioners were called for interview. “The interview panel comprised CPO, a psychologist and a senior officer, which also found the petitioners fit for service. The whole process of recruitment took 13 months and the petitioners were undergone many tests including physical and written, as well as medical. After clearing the interview, department again took some time for security test. Security reports of the petitioners are also positive,” he said.

The advocate argued that finally petitioners were medically examined and petitioners were found medically and physically fit. But in final medical examination of colour vision test, it was observed that petitioners were “colour blind”. Except this observation in medical checkup, petitioners were found completely physically fit for the service. He stated that the petitioners were not recommended for the post of constable only on the ground of “Color Blindness”.

That is also important to mention here that in some of the districts of Punjab, the “colour vision test” is not held, but in Rawalpindi district, this test was conducted; thus the department committed discrimination.

Even some of the candidates were not physically fit, but even then they were recommended. Fractures of the arms of some candidates were also ignored, he pleaded.

The lawyer prayed that this petition might kindly and graciously be accepted and respondents may kindly be directed to appoint the petitioners as constables in Punjab Police and declare them as successful candidates. LHC Rawalpindi Bench Justice Ibad-ur-Rehman Lodhi accepted the plea for hearing and sought reply from any top boss of Rawalpindi police on May 15.