Former FBR chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem was also holding the post of Secretary Revenue Division which, too, was declared illegal. IHC bench also passed directions to the federal government to appoint a suitable person by the end of this month.
Earlier, Justice Siddiqui provisionally suspended Hakeem on April 8 while an FBR official, Ansar Javed, assumed charge as acting FBR chairman. Hakeem has previously worked as National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) chairman. He was appointed as FBR Chairman on July 10, 2012 and was also given the additional charge of Secretary Revenue Division.
In Hakeem’s defence, Ashtar Ausaf advocate, inquired the jurisdiction of the IHC in hearing this matter. Ausaf insisted that the authority lies with Federal Services Tribunal for hearing such petition. He also maintained that there was no prescribed criterion for the appointment of FBR chairman.
The judge noted: “I totally fail to understand how the qualification, experience, eminence, and performance of an individual can be gauged without inviting others to compete.”