KARACHI:(Aftab Channa) The Supreme Court’s Karachi registry suspended the stay order issued by the Sindh High Court on the appointment of more than 5000 doctors in the province, allowing the provincial government to fill vacant posts of doctors.

A three member bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing the appeal filed by the provincial government against the injunction issued by the division bench of the SHC.

The bench directed the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) to also re interview 33 unsuccessful candidates.

Advocate General Zameer Ghumro informed the judge that there was shortage of medical officers in government hospitals of the province. In order to fill vacant posts, the provincial government invited applications through SPSC from candidates to ensure transparency in the appointment process.

Around 5400 candidates were declared successful in written examination and subsequent interviews conducted by the commission, he told the judges, adding that afterwards some failed candidates went to the high court questioning the whole selection process.

AG told the bench that the court stayed the appointments of doctors on their petition. He requested the judges to remove the stay order so that the government could fill vacant posts.

Dileep Kumar and 30 others petitioned the high court submitting that they had passed the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) exams for medical officers’ posts, but they had not been given offer letters.

Instead, they said, the government appointed 6,000 doctors after the approval of a summary by the chief ministers. They alleged that many of those given jobs did not appear in the competitive exam process.

They also questioned as to how the government can appoint 6,000 doctors when the number of the sanctioned posts was 2,192, and requested the court to direct the SPSC to conduct fresh examinations and restrain the government from making appointments till the disposal of petition.