Question Mark on ATIR judicial members appointment, challenge claim in IHC

June 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) issued notices on Thursday to the prime minister and others on a petition that confronted the employment of 10 judicial members of the Appellate Tribunal Inland Revenue (ATIR). Prime Minister Imran Khan, through a notification on June 2, 2021, selected 10 judicial members of BS-21 to the ATIR. The petitioner, Mudassir Malik, a member of Hazara Bar Association, demanded the IHC to declare these actions as illegal, mala fide, illegitimate, ultra vires, unauthorized. The petitioner has requested the IHC to cancel the June 2 notification since all such arrangements had been made in outrageous infringement of the rules and controls appropriate in such businesses. Clarified that the legally binding arrangements of legal officers in BS-21 might not be made without promotion and data to the open at huge.

The petition stated.  “Notification dated 02.06.2021 regarding appointment of ten persons to hold the Public office as Judicial Member (BS-21) may be cancelled and declared patently illegal because notification dated 02.06.2021 is in direct violation of Article 240 of the Constitution read with law governing Appointment on Contract Basis under Civil Establishment Code (Estacode) and intentional contempt of binding verdicts of Supreme Court in 1998 SCMR 2190 & 2013 SCMR 1140.”

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