ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the federal government terminate till February 18 the services of 15 officers, including the FIA DG and the IGP Sindh, who have been re-employed on contracts after retirement. Hearing the Haj corruption case, the court observed that Director General FIA Waseem Ahmed and Sindh Inspector General of Police Salahuddin Babar Khattak were appointed and given extensions on verbal orders in blatant violation of the rules. He said the credit for conducting the Mumbai attack probe does not go to Waseem Ahmed. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed anger over the absence of FIA Additional Director General Javed Hussain Bukhari in the court. He asked whether Bukhari had taken leave or was sent off, adding those who work for the interest of the nation are sent off. The CJP said that the government, instead of assisting the court in the case, was creating hurdles and the same was true for the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) case. Justice Sair Ali asked Hussain Asghar, the Director FIA and investigative officer in the case, there was news that you also have been transferred. Hussain replied, Not yet. The CJP, in his remarks, lashed out at the government, saying the government has started confrontation with the judiciary. He said the government was not complying with the court orders in letter and spirit. He said the officers were re-employed in violation of section 14 of the Civil Servant Act 1873 and the instruction contained in ESTACODE. He noted total 157 officers in the federal government have been given extension. Justice Ramday said in his remarks that the government should bring a constitutional amendment that no powerful man could be brought to justice. He said that under the law, no civil servant would be reappointed and the government had not made any progress on the matter of contractual officers over a month. Establishment Division Secretary Rauf Chaudhary said that out of 157 officers, 140 are section officers working in various federal ministries. He said that from 2001 to 2008, there was no direct induction, adding now they have decided that people would be employed through the Federal Public Service Commission. So far they have inducted 30 persons while interviewed another 50. Justice Javed Iqbal said that besides the section officers, the services of re-employed secretaries should also be cancelled. He said that provision of contract had been exploited. Justice Rabbani said that when educated youth do not get jobs, they go abroad. The federations counsel, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada told the court that the government had forwarded the contract officers cases to the Law Ministry for review. Pirzada asked the court not to mix the Haj case with the contract officers case. The chief justice said the Haj scam probe was not progressing due to the contract officers, therefore both cases could not be separated. The bench also asked the federation to inform what progress had been made on the court order in the LNG case. The attorney general said that the inquiry report on LNG would be presented to the prime minister by Thursday. The seven-member bench hearing the Haj case is headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Others on the bench are Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassadque Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Mohammad Sair Ali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday. The case was adjourned till March 01.