SC slaps Rs100,000 fine on Federal Ombudsman Sectt

By: News Desk      Published: 11:50 AM, 25 Aug, 2020
SC slaps Rs100,000 fine on Federal Ombudsman Sectt

The Supreme Court has slapped a fine of Rs100,000 on the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat for filing an unnecessary and misleading petition in the apex court, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court said that its time was wasted by filing a pointless application. It ordered the Federal Ombudsman to take action against those responsible and submit a report in the Supreme Court within two months. The court also directed the fine amount should be given to a welfare institute.

The court also ruled that hearing an application against SNGPL does not fall in the domain of the Federal Ombudsman as his only duty is to hear complaints against maladministration. The Federal Ombudsman’s Secretariat has no right to file a petition in the apex court when a party does not appear before it, the court said.

The apex court announced its verdict in the case regarding petition filing against SNGPL.

The complaint was filed against SNGPL for overbilling which the Federal Ombudsman rejected. The complainant then moved Lahore High Court against the Federal Ombudsman’s decision. The High Court referred the matter to Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).

The Federal Ombudsman Secretariat then filed an application in the Supreme Court against the LHC decision.