LHC seeks record of fake recruitments in police

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011 | 4 Comments


LAHORE: Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court (LHC) directed Punjab Police inspector general (IG) to submit till July 18 record of all fake recruitments in police force.

The CJ also directed the IG to take action against those responsible for the illegal appointments.

Earlier, the CJ had directed the IG to explain as to why the petitioner was dropped from the selection process after completing the training session. The CJ said, “The court cannot put its stamp on faulty police recruitments’ process and leave recruits at the mercy of police department.”

The IG, on Tuesday, appeared in the court and said that he had constituted a special committee to investigate the illegal recruitments in police and that the committee would submit its report within six weeks. The CJ was hearing a contempt of court petition moved by a constable, Raheel Shahid. The petitioner had submitted that he joined police on September 1, 2007, and completed training in November 2008 from the Chung School but was not given a passing certificate.

The petitioner said that despite completing the training session, he was not issued a passing certificate on pretext of shortcomings in chest and height measurements.

He stated that he had filed a petition in the LHC on which the court on February 10, 2009, had directed the authorities to issue the certificate to the petitioner. However, the order had not been implemented as yet.

The IG also submitted a reply to the petition, stating that from 2004 to 2008, around 45,424 constables and driver constables were recruited in different phases in various regions of Punjab. In 2008, the Central Police Office noticed that many newly-recruited constables and driver constables enrolled in various districts did not meet the mentioned physical standards.

Hence, on May 19, 2009, the then IG ordered re-measurement of all candidates in training institutions, including the Chung Training School, Lahore. After the re-measurements, around one-fourth of the recruited constables were found to be lacking in the needed chest and height measurements. The entire process was held under the supervision of district police officers (DPO), city police officers (CPO) and capital city police officers (CCPOs).

At the Chung Police School, 494 constables did not meet the required physical criterion, hence, were not declared passed-out despite the fact that they underwent the training session.

When the department initiated this disciplinary action, around 84 petitions were filed in the LHC against the action. The LHC restrained police from taking action against the recruits, however, the process for disciplinary action under PEEDA Act 2006 was still being practiced. In the reply, the IG also admitted that there were some problems at the recruitment level, which resulted in faulty physical measurements of the recruits.

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