LAHORE - Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took suo moto of failure of Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant and ordered its chief executive officer to return salary to the national exchequer within two months.

“Millions of rupees have been wasted. The responsibility of project failure will also be fixed upon you,” CJP told Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant CEO Rashid Mahmood Langrial Langrial. “When are you returning that money? the CJP asked, adding that everyone has to give it back.

“Come up with payment plan,” the top judge directed the chief secretary who also faced court’s wrath for showing sympathy to Langrial as the court questioned his appointment and salary.

The bench asked Langrail to explain as to how his appointment was made and what salary he had drawn. He said that he had served with agriculture department as secretary and also served with energy sector.

He said earlier he had been drawing Rs266,000. On it, the bench asked him that what salary he had been taking now on which he said he was getting Rs800,000 and so far Rs20.4 million he had drawn as salary from the project.  The court will resume today.

SC suspends overseas commissioner

The SC suspended Overseas Pakistanis Commissioner Afzal Bhatti after the NAB Punjab submitted a report about misappropriation in purchase of medicine in Punjab Institute of Cardiology.  During the proceedings, the two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also questioned about the appointment of Afzal Bhatti as Overseas Commissioner and about his salary.  “How he has been appointed as Overseas Commissioner and under what capacity he has been charging Rs 1.1 million salary, perks and privileges?” the bench asked the chief secretary.  The court had taken notice on plea of Fareeha Majeed, a pharmacist who had previously been serving with Punjab Institute of Cardiology.