KARACHI: A two member bench of Sindh Services Tribunal at Karachi comprising Justice (Rtd) Sadiq Hussain Bhatti (Chairman) and Tariq Mehmood Khoso (Member) ordered reinstatement of appellant Javed Iqbal, posted as Munshi of CTD at relevant time. Umer Farooq Advocate appeared for the dismissed police personnel.

Inspector General Sindh Police, AIG Counter Terrorism Department (CTD), DIG (Establishment), DIG CTD and DSP (Admin) CTD were cited as respondents in the appeal challenging dismissal from Service.

As per Show Cause Notice issued on 20-9-2022, it was found that most of the CTD officials were found absent from duty without any entry or leave application as accused illegally allowed the policemen on duty to leave the duty post. The accused got bribes for this concession. The reply given by the accused was found to be unsatisfactory and major penalty of dismissal from service was imposed upon him.

The counsel for appellant submitted that no name of police official was mentioned, nor any one was examined to corroborate the main allegation of bribery. No details of place, date, time and other allied details were cited in the show cause. It was further contended material witnesses were not examined. The appellant denied alleged “visa system” and said he was not authorized to allow leave hence allegation against him is unfounded. It was also submitted that so called absent policemen were on duty with officers and in case of some they were asked to perform 15 day duty and 15 day off as per verbal orders of superior officers.

SST reached the conclusion that appellant has answered all allegations satisfactorily during inquiry. The SST also agreed to the contention of the counsel of appellant that Inquiry Officer has not recommended imposition of major penalty.

The bench held that department has failed to prove allegations against the appellant. The bench sat aside order of dismissal from service and also ordered that appellant be reinstated with all back benefits.