LAHORE -The Lahore High Court on Tuesday suspended two stay orders issued by Adviser to Federal ombudsman and sought reply from the ombudsman by last week of September.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders on two separate writ petitions moved by Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) against the order passed by the ombudsman’s adviser Ali Arif in favour of two factories.

Advocate Umar Sharif argued that the SNGPL imposed fine on two factories on charges of gas theft and sent them detection bills.

He said that factories filed complaints before the Federal ombudsman, however, adviser of the ombudsman illegally passed orders and restrained the SNGPL from recovering the bills.

The counsel argued that the adviser exercised the powers of ombudsman unlawfully as the judicial powers could not be delegated.

He prayed to the court to set aside the stay orders issued by the Federal ombudsman’s adviser being illegal.

After initial hearing, the court suspended the impugned orders and sought reply from the Federal ombudsman.

 The hearing was adjourned till last week of September.