CNG contempt case: IHC seeks reply from Petroleum Ministry, SNGPL MD till 17

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday sought reply from the Petroleum Ministry, Managing Director Sui Northern Gas Pipe Lines Limited by April 17, on a contempt plea seeking direction to implement the court orders with regard to the opening of CNG three days in a week.

A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui resumed hearing of contempt plea filed by CNG stations owners seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against MD SNGPL for not implementing court orders and issuing new schedule of supply of gas to CNG stations.

He said that the new schedule announced by the Petroleum Ministry and SNGPL to supply gas six hours in a day is the violation of court orders.

Qamar Afzal further prayed that to direct SNGPL to implement the previous court orders of supply of gas in three days a week.

On February 6, the High Court had ordered the SNGPL to provide the gas to CNG stations of the twin-cities, Islamabad and Rawalpindi in three days a week.

The CNG station owners stated in their applications that the CNG stations had already been under severe financial crunch and the three months gas closure had worsen their problems. It was impossible for them to meet their expenses and pay salaries to the staff.

Source: APP