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December 21, 2010

SHC issues notices to NICVD, FIA on Kalia’s plea


December 21, 2010

The Sindh High Court issued notices to the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Deputy Director FIA on a contempt application filed by the Khanani and Kalia director against the violation of a court order.
Hanif S Kalia filed the application against his shifting from the NICVD to a Malir jail the despite court’s restraining order. The applicant’s counsel submitted that the court had passed the restraining order against the shifting of the applicant, who is a heart patient, from hospital to jail but despite the court order FIA officials in connivance with NICVD authorities removed Kalia from the hospital on December 7.
He sought action against the alleged contemnors for violating the court order. The counsel also requested the court that the matter be sent to the bench that had previously heard the same.
An SHC division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, after conducting a preliminary hearing of the application, issued notices to alleged contemnors and observed that the matter be fixed before the bench with Justice Faisal Arab as member.
Khanani and Kalia directors Hanif S Kalia, Abdul Munaf Kalia, Javed Khanani and Atif Polani were booked by the FIA on the complaint of the State Bank of Pakistan for running illegal foreign exchange business and parallel banking. According to the FIA, the applicants indulged in huge illegal transfers of foreign exchange worth billions of US dollars in collusion with different exchange companies, money changers and businessmen.
The FIA alleged that the applicants fraudulently created a replica website without the knowledge of the SBP for effecting illegal transfer of money from and outside Pakistan in a clandestine manner and set up offices outside the country by appointing Atif Polani and Javed Qasim as focal persons to execute such illegal transactions.
KESC petition: The Sindh High Court adjourned a hearing into petitions against the increase in electricity

tariff, and directed the office to fix the matter for hearing after winter vacation.
The petitioners - Law Foundation, Sindh High Court Bar Association and others - submitted that the increase in electricity tariff approved by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) for the Karachi Electric Supply Company was made on the basis of misrepresentation and without evaluation; making a further increase in the tariff within the present framework would be illegal.
The court had earlier passed an interim order in June after perusing fuel adjustment criteria given by the KESC and Nepra, observing that the KESC may charge the consumers fuel adjustment cost, which had already been determined by Nepra in SRO 387 (i) of June 4, up to March 2010.
The court, however, directed that the fuel adjustment cost determined by Nepra from April/May may not be passed on to the consumers till final orders on the petition.
A faculty person from NED, who is qualified in thermal power generation, was also
assisting the court in order to get just and proper assessment of fuel adjustment charges approved by Nepra for the KESC.

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