KARACHI: Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed slammed K-Electric on Monday, saying that its chief executive officer’s name should be placed on the no-fly list and murder cases should be registered against the company for the deaths that had taken place in Karachi due to electrocution.
The apex court, under Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, resumed hearing the case pertaining to deaths by electrocution and unscheduled loadshedding.
The Supreme Court warned the power distribution company of dire consequences over its poor performance, which the apex court said led to loss of lives during the recent rains in Karachi.
KE CEO Moonis Alvi and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Chairman Tauseef H Farooqi were also present for the hearing today.
“The name of the KE CEO should be put on the ECL,” said the CJP, adding that a detailed audit of the company should be conducted. The chief justice said that KE should be ready to face every kind of accountability by the authorities.
“KE should give complete details (on its performance), (and tell) how many wires it has installed,” stressed the Justice Gulzar.
The chief justice lamented that the company had “done nothing” for Karachi, adding that it should be fined for causing problems for people through power outages.
The chief justice accused KE of disbanding all earth wires from the city. On the issue of power outages, the SC asked NEPRA to take notice immediately if the power supply in any area of the city, is cut off for even a minute.
The judge noted that for the entire night on Monday, there was power outage in the Shahra-e-Faisal neighbourhood and people were forced to come out of their homes to sit outside.