Punjab University illegal appointments case adjourned

LAHORE:01 May:An accountability court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of Punjab University illegal appointment reference after main accused former Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran withdrew his acquittal application. It has learnt that the former PU VC has withdrawn his acquittal application due to expiry of amended NAB ordinance. The court has adjourned the hearing of the case for May 9. The NAB has accused Mujahid Kamran and others for recruiting 454 people against rules and regulations and awarding scholarships to blue-eyed persons. The NAB Lahore had arrested Punjab University’s former VC Dr Mujahid Kamran and four former registrars in connection with alleged illegal appointments in Grade 17 and above. The other arrested persons included former registrars of Punjab University Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir, Dr Liaqat Ali, Dr Raas Masood and Dr Amin Athar as well as additional registrar Dr Kamran Abid. The NAB had initiated inquiry in alleged illegal appointments on the directions of the Lahore High Court (LHC) after a complaint was moved by Muhammad Rafique Alvi, a former varsity student. The complaint forwarded to NAB through the LHC judgment dated Oct 27, 2016 levelled a series of allegations. It says the former VC allegedly in connivance with the above mentioned registrars from 2013 to 2016 made 550 illegal appointments in the university in Grade 17, 18 and 19. The appointments were made on contract basis and were renewed after the expiry of the contract and a majority was regularised later in phases. As per the complainant, Kamran used emergency powers for alleged illegal appointments. However, as per the judgment of LHC Judge Allah Nawaz, emergency powers are defined as war, natural calamity or in case meeting of syndicate could not take place physically. Furthermore, the complainant elaborated that no above situation was there which could allow the VC to use emergency powers.The news.

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