Lesco secretary’s appointment challenged in LHC

By: News Desk      Published: 09:21 PM, 9 Jun, 2020
Lesco secretary’s appointment challenged in LHC

The Lahore High Court was moved on Tuesday against the appointment of Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) Secretary Awais Yasin.

A citizen Shakil Yawar, filed the quo warranto petition through Ch Shoaib Saleem advocate and urged the court to declare the appointment of Awais Yasin as illegal.

The petitioner through his counsel said that the Lesco board of directors appointed the respondent on a contract for one year with a probation period of three months and subsequently his contract was to be extended “as per rules on the basis of performance” but during the law three years his performance was never evaluated by the Lesco Board of Directors. Instead, the CEO prepared a working paper with the active connivance of the company secretary and put it before the Board of Directors as an agenda item and got illegal extension in his contract for two years, said the petitioner.

The petitioner stated that the respondent was also a nominated accused as secretary of Punjab Saaf Pani Company in an FIR registered in 2017 with Anti-Corruption Establishment. He said it was categorically alleged in the challan that respondent Yasin in connivance of other accused caused a colossal loss to the national exchequer.

The petitioner alleged that previous record of the respondent was deliberately concealed in the performance evaluation report whereas the said FIR was also registered against the respondent during his employment in the Lesco.

The petitioner argued that the respondent illegally managed his extension in contract by remaining present in the meeting of the BoD with active support of Lesco CEO who, as per minutes of the meeting, defended the extension of the respondent in violation of statutory obligations. The petitioner pleaded the court to set aside the impugned appointment letter of the respondent for being violative to the Public Sector Companies (Code of Corporate Governance) Regulations.