LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday sought a report from Ministry of Water and Power (MWP) about guidelines issued to Discos for improving the power distribution system in country.

MWP Joint Secretary Syed Tanvir Hussain Bukhari reportedly appeared in the court to explain the transfer of the Lesco CEO. He told the court there were complaints against the officer but he had no details of the complaints.

But he said, the chief justice was informed that the court had already declared that a summary removal from office was not justified.

However, the chief justice allowed the secretary to place matter regarding the transfer. During the hearing, the chief justice observed that a government servant had a right to be treated according to law because an arbitrary treatment demoralises the service.

"Institutions can prosper and deliver with a secure system. The concentration of managerial authority on a single individual or on a small cell can lead to adverse results" the chief justice added. The CJ said it was incumbent that the federal government follows the principles laid down in Public Sector Companies Rules. The court sought a report from the government on the points on the next date of hearing.

Notice to ministry on Haj quota plea

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Ministry of Religious Affairs on petition moved by old Haj Group Organizers challenging the quota allotted to new HGOs on the Lahore High Court orders.

A division bench at the Lahore Registry comprising Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman directed the ministry to file reply until July 30.

The petitioners through counsels submitted that they had obtained the residential, transportation and other facilities for pilgrims in the Saudi Arabia after getting offer letters for quota from the ministry. The petitioners pointed out that they had invested millions of rupees for obtaining the facilities for pilgrims. But, the ministry had taken back their quota and allotted the same to new haj tour operators on LHC orders, they contended. They added the withdrawal of quota was violation of fundamental rights. They requested the court to set aside the LHC judgment by contending that the court had not authority to interfere in admin.