Lahore CCPO removed

LHC’s scrapping of petition seeking removal of Punjab IG Police challenged

By: News Desk
Published: 10:22 AM, 13 Apr, 2022
Lahore CCPO removed
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Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Ahmad Dev has been transferred, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

He has been directed to report to the establishment division with immediate effect until further orders.

Fayyaz Ahmad Dev is a grade-21 officer of Police Service of Pakistan (PSP).

He was serving as the Lahore CCPO under the Government of Punjab.

On the other hand, the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) to reject the petition for the removal of Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) from his post for being a grade-21 officer has been challenged.

An intra-court appeal has been filed in the LHC to remove IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan from his office.

A two-member LHC bench headed by Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal will hear the intra-court appeal on Wednesday (today).

Chaudhry Muhammad Arshad Advocate will appear on behalf of the petitioner.

It has been stated in the appeal that IGP Sardar Ali Khan is a grade-21 police officer, and the appointment of a grade-21 police officer as IGP is a violation of Article 11 of the Police Order 2002.

“In the appointment of IGP Sardar Ali Khan, the procedure of Police Order was not taken into consideration. Under the Police Order 2002, only a grade-22 police officer can be appointed as IGP.”

The appeal has demanded that the court annul the appointment of Rao Sardar Ali Khan as IGP.

The court has also been requested to declare the annulment of the petition seeking removal of the IGP void.

Earlier, the LHC had declared the appointment of IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan legal, rejecting the petition seeking his removal from the office for being a grade-21 officer.

Justice Muzammil Akhtar Shabbir issued an 11-page written verdict, upholding the appointment of IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan.

“Police Order does not mention the grade of a police officer for his appointment as IGP,” read the verdict.

“The appointment of a grade-22 officer to the post of IGP is not mentioned in the law,” it had added.

“There is no justification for removing the IGP on the basis of being a grade-21 police officer. One of the three senior police officers may be appointed on the recommendation of the federal government,” it had decreed.

“Any disagreement between the federal government and the provincial government for the appointment of the IGP has not been proved,” it had maintained.

Reporter: Babar Shehzad Turk, Malik Ashraf