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Thursday, February 15, 2024

SHC suspends Sindh Public Service Commission, declares appointments & exams null & void

Almost all examinations conducted by the SPSC are marred by controversy. No wonder why the Sindh High Court has suspended the commission and declared all exams and appointments made by SPSC since 2018.

The Sindh High Court (SHC), Hyderabad Circuit, in a landmark judgment on Thursday has declared all the appointments made under Combined Competitive Exams (CCE) 2018 and Medical Officers’ exams conducted by Sindh Public Service Commission null and void.

SHC suspended implementation of Sindh Public Service Commission Act 1989, being ultra vires of the constitution, Sindh Public Service Commission (Appointment of Chairman and Member) Rules 2017 being violative of the Sindh Government Rules of Business, 1986, Sindh Public Service Commission (Functions) Rules, 1990 being ultra vires to the Sindh Public Service Commission Act 1989.

It states, “all the test, interviews, selection, appointments, tenders, etc or any act doable under the Sindh Public Service Commission Act, 1989 or the Rule/Regulations made thereunder are suspended by our order dated 15.04.2021 shall remain so.”

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SHC has previously ordered the suspension of the Chairman as well as the Secretary of SPSC.

The verdict came after the petition of a medical student. However, SPSC failed to submit explanation. The SHC announced its verdict in response to the petition challenging direct appointments for hundreds of posts of Medical Officers without conducting written tests.

SHC has remarked that the appointments of Chairman and Secretary were unconstitutional.

Previously, the SHC barred the Sindh Public Service Commission from conducting recruitment exams, announcing results, or advertising posts until it adopts mechanisms to induct transparency in its functions.

“…no satisfactory answers as to the transparency of the process being adopted by the SPSC while testing and recommending a candidate for a particular post have been given neither by the counsel nor the chairman [Noor Muhammad Jadmani] or controller [Hadi Bux Kalhoro],” read the order issued by the bench.

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SPSC, time and again, was alleged to have made appointments after taking bribery.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) also launched an inquiry in May 2020 into illegal appointments by the Sindh Public Service Commission SPSC.

A Dawn News report says the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) is apparently under the influence of the influential elite. Almost all examinations conducted by the SPSC are marred by controversy. The judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Combined Competitive Examinations (CCE), 2013, for instance, speaks volumes about the incompetence and corruption in SPSC. Moreover, the SPSC has been violating the Supreme Court’s directives while conducting CCEs.