SC sets aside order for reinstatement of PCB workers

LAHORE – A two-member Supreme Court bench on Monday set aside the Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders for reinstatement of 24 sacked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) employees.

The bench observed that the petitions filed by the sacked employees were incompetent before the high court as the PCB did not have any statutory rules and the employees were also appointed on contract. The bench comprising Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the orders while allowing appeals of the Inter Provincial Ministry and the PCB Management Committee against the high court orders for reinstatement the sacked employees.

The bench heard the matter at the Supreme Court Lahore Registry. Earlier, appellants' counsel arguing before the court said that the sacked employees' writ petitions were incompetent as the PCB did not have any statutory rules. He pointed out that the PCB had its own rules and, therefore, these were non-statutory. However, respondent sacked employees' counsel submitted that the PCB rules were statutory as they were also framed under the 1962 Ordinance under which the PCB was formed.

The bench after hearing arguments set aside the Islamabad High Court orders for reinstatement of the employees. The sacked employees included Sanobar Gul, Muhammad Irfan, Farrukh Munir Chaudhry, Aneela Arshad, Adnan Ahmed Siddiqui, Ihtesham-ul-Haq, Syed Tanveer Jafri, M Arshad Hussain, Amjad Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Ejaz Hussain, Muhammad Liaquat, Syed Azhar Ali Shah, Alveena Tariq, Muhammad Akhtar, Syed M Akram Shabbir Gillani, Idrees Ali, Muhammad Faisal, Nabeel Edger Pace, Muhammad Asim, Shahnaz Asif, Waseem-ud-Din, Salman Ahmed Shah and Sajid Yasin Hashmi.

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