Karachi: The Supreme Court expressed its indignation at the city’s power supply utility K-Electric for continued load-shedding despite a warning issued to it earlier.
The apex court, under Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, resumed hearing a case regarding rain-related problems and unscheduled loadshedding in the metropolis.
“Who are they to stop power supply to the city?” lashed out the CJP, saying that he had taken up the matter two days back and yet the metropolis faced a prolonged power outage on Wednesday.
“Sir, the power supply was not cut off,” responded the KE lawyer, to which the CJP said that the residents of the city are facing problems due to KE’s monopoly.
“People are dying, and they (KE officials) take bail from the high court for Rs50,000 [in surety],” remarked the apex court judge, warning he would impose severe fines against the power supplier.
The chairman NEPRA interjected to say that even if there will be action against KE, it will take a stay order against that as well.
“None of their matters are on the right track, including fuel and electricity generation,” said the chairman.
Justice Aijaz Ul Ahsan remarked that nowhere in the world do issues that should be handled by regulators end up in front of courts.
The CJP then remarked that the powerful do not fear going to prison but “enjoy” their time during their stay.
“They enjoy being in prison but suffer only when it comes to paying from their pockets,” said the CJP, adding that the power supplier should face a fine.
The court stated that the further hearing of the case will be held in Islamabad and subsequently adjourned the hearing for two weeks.