Contempt plea against two DUHS officials dismissed

Karachi:July 20:The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday dismissed a contempt plea filed against acting vice chancellor and registrar of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), declaring it un-maintainable.

The application filed by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) sought contempt proceedings against acting VC Dr Masood Hameed and the registrar for violating court orders.

The PMA officials maintained that the court had on April 26 set aside the appointment of Dr Naushad A Sheikh as the varsity’s VC and had directed Dr Hameed to look after the DUHS’ day to day affairs.

The applicant’s counsel submitted that the alleged contemnors called a syndicate meeting, on July 21, in violating of court orders according to which the Dr Hameed was restricted to only supervise the day to day affairs till a new VC was appointed.

He expressed fear over the syndicate’s decision being prejudiced and requested the court to restrain the alleged contemnors from holding a syndicate meeting.

SHC’s division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro observed that no contempt of the court appeared to have been committed by the respondents and dismissed the application as not maintainable.

It was pertinent to mention that the SHC had on April 26 set aside the Sindh government’s notification regarding appointment of Dr Naushad A Sheikh as the university’s VC and had directed the search committee to complete the process of appointment within 20 days.

The division bench headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar observed that the search committee failed to discharge its onerous duty entrusted to them to accomplish the task of great magnitude and messed up the course of action which deserved to be set aside with a direction to the search committee to act de novo.The court told the search committee to consider the applications of all 12 candidates de novo on merits with proper applications of mind and recommend three most suitable candidates for approval of the chief minister for one of the most suitable candidate.

The bench directed that chairperson of the search committee shall ensure the presence of all members at time of considering the applications for awarding marks on the basis of pro-forma yardstick and on the day when interviews shall be conducted. The members of the search committee may also consider the appointment of co-opted member according to the mandate given to them.

The court observed that after completion the process, the chief minister shall forward his advice to the Governor Sindh in terms of section 12 (1) of Dow University of Health Sciences Act and Article 105 of Constitution.The news.