LAHORE, Lahore High Court Justice Umer Ata Bandial on Tuesday directed Standing Counsel to file till June 11, 2012 comments about purchase of alleged substandard locomotives from blacklisted companies of America.
Advocate Syed Feroz Shah Jilani filed petition, stating Railways Ministry Haji Ghulam Bashir Bilour acting against recommendations of Procurement Committee allowed purchase of 79 engines from the blacklisted company, thus spent US 105.143 dollars from public money.
He stated Railways was suffering losses to tune of Rs35 billion due to corruption of its top officials. He said the PR disposed of 500 engines and now entered into a contract of getting on lease the engines from the US.
He stated US firms from which the locomotives were being purchased had been blacklisted. He requested to restrain the Pakistan Railways from getting American engines on lease.
He prayed to restrain Pakistan Railways from purchasing more locomotives from blacklisted company, which already supplied faulty engines. He also sought direction for government to recover payments made to defaulting company with penalties.
It was also requested to order recovery of huge public money from Railways Minister, who spent it on purchase of substandard locomotives.
On Tuesday, Habibullah Kakar, Section Officer of the Ministry for Law and Justice, filed report, stating the Ministry was impleaded as performa party, but petitioner claimed nothing against it. Therefore, he stated, no comments were required from Ministry.
Adjourning hearing till June 11, 2012, Justice Umer Ata Bandial directed Standing Counsel Rana Abdul Rehman to file comments of federal government till next date.