SC seeks relevant record about CNG stations

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Director General (DG) Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to submit all the relevant record regarding award of licenses to the illegal CNG stations till Friday. The bench also sought all three summaries dated 13 January 2008, 22 September 2011 and 12 March 2013 approved by the former prime ministers from time to time for grant of relaxation in licenses.

The directive was issued by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmad and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed during hearing of a suo moto case about award of illegal licenses to CNG stations. During course of proceedings, Sulman Akram Raja, counsel for OGRA, apprised that there was two type of licenses, one termed as provisional while another was operative.

He further told that these 525 licenses were provisional licenses for a period of two years prior to awarding of operative licenses by the former prime minister on 13 January 2013, for a period of further fifteen years.

He stated that following the legal procedure, under section 6 and 10 of the OGRA Ordinance, these licenses were awarded. The functionaries also submitted 25 files of the CNG stations which were awarded with licenses, as the bench had asked for production of all such record during hearing. Further hearing was adjourned till Friday.

The Court had taken notice of a news report regarding award of illegal licenses to some 425 CNG stations without following the set procedure.