LHC allows amended plea in laptop scandal

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) gave an opportunity on Friday to move an amended petition in the laptop scandal case filed by Mubasher Lucman, a private TV anchor.
Earlier, the petitioner’s counsel Ali Zafar, while arguing before the single bench comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, alleged that the Punjab government had spent Rs 4 billion on the laptop scheme in violation of the rules and procurement policy.
He submitted that the distribution of laptops was also not made according to the criteria set for the scheme. He pleaded the court to issue directions for strict action against those responsible after declaring that the laptops were procured in violation of the rules and distributed against criteria.
The counsel also pleaded for directions to be issued to the Punjab government to provide records of the purchase and distribution of laptops.
However, a provincial law officer refuted the allegations leveled by the petitioner’s counsel and submitted that he had material which answered the allegations. The court directed the law officer to show the material to the petitioner’s counsel.
The court also gave an opportunity to the petitioner’s counsel for filing an amended petition after restating the case.