UET barred from appointing employees on lab assistant posts by replacing serving employees
PESHAWAR: Peshwar High Court has ordered University of Engineering and Technology (UET) not to appoint employees on positions of Lab Assistants BPS-16 of UET Kohat campus by replacing serving employees. Petitioners Muhammad Anab along with many other Lab Technicians had filed a writ petition in PHC through Senior Lawyer Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel and Saifullah Muhib Kakakhel Advocate. The lawyers put forward facts that petitioners were appointed on contract for a term of 3 years on permanent positions of lab technicians. The contracts expired during the COVID-19 lockdown. Therefore they were not given contracts afresh. However they continued working and work till date. The university after opening did not consider extending the contracts and was bent upon appointing fresh employees on the said posts. The lawyers argued that an ordinance namely The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Epidemic Control and Emergency relief Ordinance, 2020 wherein it is said that any contract which expires during the time of COVID-19 shall be extended till the relevant authorities start working again, therefore the ordinance is in field and the contract remains extended. Lawyers argued that the petitioners have come through proper channel being appointed by selection board after a proper test and interview therefore, have a vested right on their respective positions. The lawyers said after filing of the writ petition, UET reinitiated appointment process of employees to replace petitioners which is an adverse action and is based on malice and ulterior motives. - APP