Chief Economist Dr Nadeem Javed’s appointment by Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal was challenged in the Supreme Court (SC) by the Economist Group.
In an application written to the SC, Economist Group President Dr Ali asked for the apex court’s intervention in the case of alleged illegal appointment of the chief economist.
He also alleged illegal extension for the adviser development budget at the age of 70, according to the communiqué.
A spokesman for the planning ministry denied any wrongdoing in the appointment of the chief economist.
The Economist Group sent the letter to the SC on April 26, a day after the planning minister challenged if the court had any evidence against him about illegal appointments.
“Ahsan Iqbal has illegally appointed his inexperienced immature relative Dr Nadeem Javaid from outside the Economist Group as chief economist on contract in his ministry in violation of all rules,” said the letter.
It stated that the appointment was contrary to the appointment on merit of a senior-most, experienced and regular cadre government officer.