LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Wednesday sought reply and para-wise comments from the federal government on a petition challenging appointment of Masood Chishti advocate as federal law secretary. Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry passed these orders on the petition of Barrister Iqbal Jafree who moved a plea against Chishtis appointment on the high profile slot of law secretary. Further proceedings on the matter will resume on July 5. Barrister Jafree argued in the court that Chishtis appointment had been made unlawfully violating policy of merit and procedure. Jafree said the appointment of Chishti will be a burden on the national exchequer as he is not eligible for the post. He said the federal govet neither gave an advertisement for the post in newspapers nor held competition exam for the appointment. He said the government appointed Mr Chishti on two-year contract basis in violation of the rules, as he was not competent to hold this office. He said that the appointment was glaring example of nepotism as he was only appointed because he was a junior to federal law minister Babar Awan. Petitioner stated that in the past a retired or on-duty judge used to be appointed as law secretary but now a junior person is appointed on this slot. He also stated that the present government so far had changed four secretaries in just two years time and Chishti is the fifth person but he is appointed by ignoring the whole criteria. He requested to declare the appointment as illegal.