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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

SC charges Sher Khan with contempt of court

ISLAMABAD, Dec 08 : Supreme Court Wednesday has charged DG Concessions of Petroleum Ministry Sher Muhammed Khan with contempt of court in a case regarding the sale of British Petroleum shares.

A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday heard the petition filed by former chief Jamaat-e-Islami, Qazi Hussain Ahmed regarding alleged corruption in repurchasing assets of British Petroleum Company (BPL) on exorbitant rates.

It should be mentioned here that the court yesterday issued a show cause notice to Director General Petroleum (DGP) Sher Muhammad Khan for using contemptuous language regarding the litigations which were pending before the courts.

Today the apex court charged Sher Khan with contempt of court and called Secretary Petroleum to submit another report regarding sale of BPL shares. Qazi Hussain in his petition objected to government's move to purchase its sold out assets from British Petroleum (BP) at exorbitant rates.

Former Petroleum Minister Usman Aminud Din today appeared before the court and said he gave his dissenting note against shares' sale; the same should be in Auditor General's knowledge.

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