Purchase of furnace oil unfair: LHC

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Purchase of furnace oil unfair: LHC

LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday observed corruption was being done in purchase of furnace oil and nobody knew how much oil was being bought and how much was being spent on it.

The court also directed the Chief Executive of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) to take indiscriminate action against power thieves and deal with them strictly as per law.

The court was hearing civil miscellaneous application in already pending petition against unscheduled loadshedding and immunity to VIP personalities from the loadshedding.

When hearing resumed, petitionerís counsel Advocate Azhar Siddique told the court that Ministry of Water and Power had submitted incomplete reply in the court.

However, it was evident from the reply that no loadshedding was being observed in the Bahria Town Housing Society, it stated. On court query, LESCO Chief Executive†Muhammad Saleem said he had written application to the quarters concerned, but no action had been taken so far. †The court directed him file detailed reply on the matter.

The petitioner counsel pointed out that when WAPDA was controlling the electricity system, it was earning profit, but now the authority was suffering from losses. No measures were being taken to control the electricity theft and line losses, the counsel added. †On it, the court observed the corruption was being done in purchase of furnace oil.

The court directed LESCO Chief Executive to also submit report on steps to control the electricity theft and to control the overloading of the electricity consumption. †The court ordered the Ministry for Petroleum and Finance to submit report about alleged non-payment to the PEPCO the due amount of Rs 127 billion.

The court will take up the matter on June 4. Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique moved the petition and contended that Punjab was being subjected to discrimination in loadshedding and given less share of electricity. †He said that power theft has worsened in other provinces and recovery of dues lower than that in the Punjab.

He said that all public hospitals were exempt from loadshedding but last month three patients had died due to loadshedding at these hospitals.

He said the Bahria Town Housing Society in Lahore was also exempt from loadshedding in violation of Articles 9 and 25 of the Constitution.

Siddique said that at a previous hearing the court had directed the Federal government and the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) to carry out equal loadshedding across the country, but to no avail.

He requested the court to direct the Federal government, WAPDA, Pepco, and the distribution companies in the Punjab to ensure that there was no loadshedding.

Courtesy: †Nation

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