LAHORE - The Supreme Court yesterday rejected bail petition of an owner of CNG station alleged involved in gas theft and damaging loss of over Rs30 million to the national exchequer.

A two-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa passed the order. The judge remarked that the citizens were forced to cook on woods and the CNG stations were stealing the gas. He remarked the mafia involved in gas theft did not deserve any concession. The bench dismissed the bail petition and the police arrested the suspect.

Tariq Rasheed, the accused-petitioner, had filed bail petition through his counsel and pointed out that police booked him in a fake case. He said the staff of the gas station was in fact involved in the theft.

Asjad Javed, an additional prosecutor general, appeared before the two-judge bench and submitted that tampering in the gas meter of the suspect’s station had been proved after laboratory examination. He said the staff of the station had been stealing the gas on the direction of their employer, the suspect. Narang Mandi police had registered a case against Tariq Rasheed on charges of using illegal gas by tampering meter installed at his CNG station.