E&T Dept restrained from recruiting ETOs

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Wednesday restrained provincial government from appointing Excise and Taxation Officers ETOs in BPS17 till further orders.

Petitioner Imran khan Baloch cited provincial government through chief secretary, secretary excise and taxation department, and director general excise and taxation as respondents.

The petitioner represented by Counsel Malik Naeem Iqbal contended that Sindh government was appointing Excise and Taxation Officers ETOs in BSP7 without inviting applications from the general public and without processing the candidates through the selections process of the Sindh public service commission.

He submitted that he was shocked and dismayed by sadly observing the news widely disseminated in electronic media on 2012013 pertaining to conducting of interview by director general excise and taxation in respect of the post of ETOs.

He stated that whole interview process was a shame and farcical affair and the interviews of the candidates were apparently conducted in haste on weekly holiday, i.e., Sunday.

He said that as per the relevant rules, appointment for the post of BPS17 in any department of provincial government can only take place by a transparent selection process under the aegis of Sindh Public Service Commission.

Therefore he pleaded to court to declare the process of appointment on the posts of ETOs illegal and direct respondents to start the selection process for the post afresh.

Headed by Justice Faisal Arab, the division bench issued notice to the respondents as well as advocate general Sindh.

The court ordered, “In the meantime, no appointment of excise and taxation officer shall be made till the next date of hearing”.

The hearing of case was put off till February 6.