LHC verdict on CTD Corporals petitions

LHC verdict on CTD Corporals petitions

LAHORE: (APP) The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday ordered appointment of several dozens of female candidates as corporals to Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), Punjab.

Justice Ali Baqar Najafi passed the orders while allowing four identical petitions, filed by one Urooj Hayat and others for the purpose.

Earlier, petitioners' counsel Shafqat Mehmood Chohan submitted that respondents had advertised 1,500 posts of corporals in CTD on the basis of open merit, in 2013. He submitted that the petitioner candidates qualified the tests and interview, besides others.

However, after passage of 10 months, the government issued a notification stating that females would be given five per cent quota in the CTD, he added.

He mentioned that the respondents appointed more than 1,000 candidates whereas only 75 female candidates were appointed under the five per cent quota.

He said that the respondents ignored the petitioner- female candidates despite being qualifying the test. He submitted that the step was aimed to accommodate male candidates, which was a discrimination.

He pleaded with the court to declare the step illegal and order appointment of the petitioners.

However, a law officer opposed the request saying that the government had powers to amend selection criteria. He further said that 75 females were appointed under the announced quota, as per policy.

The court, after hearing detailed arguments, ordered the appointment of petitioner candidates as corporals while allowing their petitions.