ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday restored Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan declaring the notification to send him on forced leave null and void.
The single-judge bench of Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi announced the judgement on a writ petition filed by Saeed Ahmed Khan against sending him on forced leave by the Cabinet Division in the wake of petroleum crisis in the country.
Representing the federation, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Afnan Karim Kundi pleaded that being the head of department, the OGRA Chairman might influence the inquiry against the persons involved in the petroleum crisis, therefore, he was sent on leave.
Petitioner’s counsel Asma Jahangir responded that inquiry proceedings should be impartial, but sending a departmental head on forced leave was violation of rules and cited a Supreme Court’s judgment in this regard.
The court, in its verdict, directed the federation to restore Saeed Khan to his post, with the directive to the OGRA Chairman to remain fair in the inquiry.
It may be mentioned here that the Cabinet Division had sent Saeed Khan on forced leave on February 11 due to his alleged role in the January 2015 fuel crisis.