ISLAMABAD: In a significant move, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued notices to key government officials, including the cabinet secretary, interior secretary, and establishment division secretary, in response to a petition challenging the recent appointments at the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The petition, filed by CDA Labour Union Secretary Amanullah, alleges that these appointments are illegal and violate a previous High Court judgment from 2018.
IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq presided over the hearing, where Advocate Kashif Malik represented the petitioner. Malik argued that the newly appointed CDA chairman and board members lack the necessary experience and education for their roles. He also highlighted a self-formulated policy by the CDA board members, allowing them to acquire one kanal plots within six months, and raised concerns about over 100 employees being posted in the CDA on deputation as a reward with plots.
Malik further pointed out discrepancies in the posting of officers, with grade 20 officers being positioned under those of grade 19, contrary to the High Court’s previous ruling that explicitly states an ex-officio cannot be appointed as a chairman or a member of the board.
The petitioner’s counsel has urged the court to invalidate the appointment of the CDA chairman and board members, citing their violation of the High Court’s orders, and to prevent them from continuing in their current positions. The court has also summoned the DG Admin in a personal capacity for the next hearing, signaling a thorough examination of the case.