LHC summons Federal Ombudsman DG on a plea by LESCO

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday again summoned Federal Ombudsman Director General on October 15 on a petition filed by Lahore Electric Supply Corporation (LESCO) against staying amount of electricity bills on some complaints.

The single bench comprising Justice Shujaat Ali Khan was hearing the petition. During the hearing on Wednesday, the court expressed displeasure on non-appearance of the DG despite being summoned. The court adjourning the matter till October 15 directed a federal law officer to ensure his presence on next date of hearing.

The LESCO through his petition submitted that the Federal Ombudsman DG had stayed the amount of electricity bills on some complaints. The organisation further said that the respondent had also issued orders seeking a general compliance in 80 cases.

The petitioner contended that the DG was not authorised to exercise powers of the Federal Ombudsman or pass order on his behalf. “The LHC set aside such orders earlier and the present step by the respondent amount to contempt of court,” the petitioner added.

The organisation pleaded the court to set aside orders passed by the Federal Ombudsman DG.