By Javed Iqbal
LAHORE: The parent department of the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) has ordered a fresh probe against an officer who was earlier dismissed from service.
The officer had challenged the departmental order in the court. The court directed the competent authority to hear the petitioner and decide as per the law.
Industries, Commerce and Investment (IC&I) Department Secretary Tahir Khurshid issued order to investigate afresh and give recommendations to him.
Official sources told that the Punjab Board of Technical Education (PBTE) Lahore had imposed major penalty of removal from service on a grade-18 officer Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema under the PEEDA Act 2006.
The Technical Education Board had issued the removal from service order on the charges that the accused handled the official assignments by keeping his personal interest superior. Moreover, he was reported to be corrupt, emotionally unstable and sadist. It was also blamed that the official wasted his time and energy in tormenting his colleagues and others and was incorrigible.
His performance was satisfactory during initial period, however, it deteriorated in the later part of the service after his involvement in board politics.
Cheema remained involved in unhealthy activities of mis-reporting thus tarnishing the image of the organisation.
As per the charge sheet, he also created unnecessary hurdles in the working of the computer section. His non-cooperative attitude caused many hurdles in the official business.
The petitioner had filed departmental proceedings under section 16 of the PEEDA Act 2006 before the former minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment against the impugned office order issued by the Punjab Board of Technical Education Lahore Chairman.
The Minister IC&I withheld the order and appointed the incoming Punjab Board of Technical Education Chairman as hearing officer in the best interest of justice.
The new PBTE Chairman wrote that the appeal may be allowed in the interest of justice and removal order issued by the former chairperson may be set aside. However, the chairperson PBTE issued another office order of penalty of compulsory retirement instead of removal from service.
The petitioner challenged the order in the Lahore High Court that set aside the merged order and directed the authority to decide the pending appeal preferably in less than 30 days.
Under the circumstances the IC&I Department appointed a senior officer as an inquiry officer to conduct investigation under PEEDA Act 2006 in the instant case.
The accused official shall submit his written defence within seven days of the date of receipt of this order. The findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the competent authority within 60 days from the date of initiation of the inquiry proceedings. Cheema was not available