Supreme Court (SC) issued orders declaring the promotion of 54 bureaucrats as null and void and notification on these promotions has been cancelled, Geo News reported Wednesday.

These 54 bureaucrats are federal secretaries recently promoted to grade 22 by the Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on September 4, 2009.

The SC directed the PM to again make appointments on these posts on merit.

It should be mentioned that the promotion of at least 173 bureaucrats was overlooked in making these 54 promotions.

The promoted federal secretaries include the PM’s Principal Secretary Nargis Sethi, former Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Mehmood, Secretary Election Commission Ishtiaq Ahmed, Secretary Narcotics Tariq Khosa, Secretary Petroleum Kamran Lashari, Home Secretary Qamar Zaman Chaudhry, Chairman CDA Imtiaz Inayat, Khyber Pakhtoonkhaw’s Chief Secretary Javed Iqbal, Secretary Ombudsman Sami Saeed, Chairman FBR Sohail Ahmed and Inspector General of the Punjab Police, Tariq Saleem Dogar.

The PM made these promotions under his discretionary powers.