BSEK chairman’s medical report sought by SHC

Sindh:01 October:The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed secretary health to submit a medical report to assess the health condition of under detention chairman of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK), Anwar Ahmed Zai.

The directives came on a petition of Matric board chief’s who had moved the court against his arrest in a corruption reference initiated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), pertaining to charges of illegal appointments in the Mirpurkhas board during his tenure as chairman from 2004 to 2007.

The court had earlier directed the health secretary to constitute a medical board to examine Zai’s health and directed him to seek the board’s opinion with respect to the petitioner’s condition.

NAB officials alleged that Zai had appointed seven people on grade-16 and above without advertising the posts, as was required under the stated laws.

Seeking post-arrest bail for the BSEK chief, his counsel denied the allegation maintaining that all appointments were made on the basis of merit, whereas all rules as well as the due procedure was followed.

The counsel also sought constitution of a medical board to examine the health of the petitioner submitting that his client was a heart patient and required medical treatment.

Adjourning the matter till October 4, the court directed the secretary health to submit a medical report of the petitioner on the next date of hearing.

NAB’s prosecutor had in his comments submitted to the court maintained that the petitioner did not come before the court with ‘clean hands’ and filed a petition to circumvent the normal process of criminal proceedings.

He had maintained that the accountability court took cognisance of the matter and the petitioner was not entitled to any relief.

The BSEK chairman was arrested by NAB on charges of corruption, illegal appointments and out-of-turn promotions. He was alleged to have committed the crimes during his time as chairman Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) and in-charge of examination board in Mirpurkhas.

According to a NAB official, Zai would also be investigated for result tempering during his time at different boards and centres. Zai had served as deputy director and district education officer Mirpurkhas, in 1990 he was appointed director education Karachi.

He then went on to serve as additional secretary education, Sindh, additional secretary development finance and planning, and additional secretary academics.The news.