Rawalpindi - The Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench on Thursday set aside order of an Accountability Court in which Sadaqat Saeed Malik, owner of Safa International, was awarded eight-year imprisonment for his alleged involvement in supplying defective materials to Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), causing a loss of billion of rupees to national kitty. According to details, a two-member bench of LHC comprising Justice Syed Muhammad Kazim Raza Shamsi and Justice Ali Baqar Najafi took up the petition filed by Sadaqat Saeed Malik, owner of Safa International, who had challenged the Accountability Court (AC) verdict of May 12, 2001. In its verdict, the accountability court had awarded eight-year imprisonment to the accused and imposed Rs245,946 fine on him. AC had punished Sadaqat after NAB filed a reference on May 1, 2000 against him and other co-accused, including Mehtab Hussain, Hafiz Muhammad Aslam and Zahid Bakhtiar, for supplying defective machinery to OGDCL.

The counsel for petitioner while challenging the order argued that his client was wrongly implicated in this case, as there was no solid evidence against him.

He argued that his client had supplied the material according to the terms and specification of the contract as used by the OGDCL. He requested the court to set aside the court. After hearing the arguments, the bench observed that how the petitioner could be convicted if the members of the technical evaluation committee, who were the co-accused had been acquitted on the same evidence. Even otherwise, the crime alleged against the appellant cannot be committed by him alone, therefore, his conviction is also not sustainable, the bench observed. The court further observed that the prosecution has no reliable evidence on the basis of which it can be proved that he has committed the offense under section 9 and 10 of the Ord, 1999.