LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on Friday restrained the Inspector General of Police Punjab from holding Departmental Promotion Committee meeting which was scheduled for Saturday (today) for consideration of cases of at least 188 inspectors and about 105 DSPs.

The court room witnessed the depressing faces of some police officials, which would be affected by the LHC orders, while the faces of others, neglected for promotion, were blowing with happiness.

Inspector Hafiz Ghulam Mohtada, posted at counter terrorism department of police, through his counsel Yasin Bhatti filed the petition submitting that Punjab Service Tribunal had restrained the IGP from holding any meeting of Departmental Promotion Board or Departmental Promotion Committee for promotion of inspectors to deputy superintendents of police and DSPs to superintendents of police.

Against the orders of the PST, the IGP, on March 27, issued a circular calling a DPC meeting today (March 31st ) for consideration of cases of 188 seniors inspectors’ promotion to the rank of DSPs, the petitioner contended adding there were also reports that the cases of 105 DSPs would also be considered in the meeting. He submitted that the seniority list of 188 inspectors had been earlier challenged by him and his other colleagues as it was prepared with malafide intentions, and PST had also restrained the IGP from holding such meeting, therefore, the DPB/DPC schedule for Saturday (today) would be violation of PST and judicial orders.

He requested to restrain the IG police from holding meeting of DPC for promotion of above said cops. Opposing the contentions of petitioner, many counsels of some other inspectors and DSPs, who were not the party in the said petition, heard the matter and rushed towards the court of Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan and told the court the orders of the service tribunal were not affective as the Supreme Court and LHC chief justice had already directed the IG police to hold DPC meeting for consideration of cases of many inspectors and DSPs.

The apex court and Lahore High Court had themselves sent many cases for consideration of promotion to DPC of police department and the Saturday’s meeting had been called following those judicial orders. They requested not to restrain the IGP from holding DPC meeting.

Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan recorded the arguments of both parties, and finally gave the decision in favour of Inspector Hafiz Ghulam.