Gilgit, January 13: A press note, dated January 13, 2011, shared with media by the Registrar of Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit – Baltistan maintains that no illegal recruitments have been made, contrary to allegations made in some news reports.
Discussing the issue of appointments of new staff, the press note states that after shifting to new premise of the highest court, at Judicial Complex Jutial, there was a need for induction of new Garde 1 – 7 staff members. It is the prerogative of the supreme judicial authority to make such appointments on need basis, without advertisement or other process, it reads.
The note, however, also states that the appointments are contractual in nature and they can be cancelled, if and when the court deems necessary.
The SAC has also expressed displeasure at the reports in some newspapers that blamed the Court of making illegal appointments. “This is sad that a few person with ulterior motive personal interest without any justification have tried to make the appointment as public issue in the newspaper involving the person of Chief Judge for their personal reason”, the signed note states.
The statement goes on to reject the High Court Bar’s protest, saying that neither the High Court nor the Bar Association has the “right to comment on the internal affairs of Court. The statement also mentions that “the Supreme Appellate Court Bar Association being apex body of lawyers of Gilgit-Baltistan has not raised any objection”, with regards to the issue.
It is pertinent to note that some news reports and statements in certain newspapers had accused the outgoing Chief Judge of the Supreme Appellate Court (SAC) of making 20 illegal appointments, “to reward his cronies and favourites”.
The retiring Judge, Justice Nawaz Abbasi, retired today (Jan 14) from his office.