LAHORE Former railways minister Ishaq Khan Khaqwani has moved an application before Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry apprising him of the alleged gross violation of Procurement Rules by Pakistan Railways in awarding single tender contract for a period of 10 years of worth Rs 13 billion. Urging the CJP to take suo moto notice, Khakwani on the basis of well publicised media reports said that Pakistan Railways had drawn a contract no PR/2009/DEL MAINTENANCE between Ministry of Railways and Dong Fan Electric Corporation (DEC) and Dalian Locomotives & Rolling Stock Company Limited (DLOCO) of China for Contract Maintenance of Diesel Electric Locomotives manufactured by DLOCO, PR China in 2009, to maintain a fleet of 62 locomotives, of Chinese origin. The date of the contract is September 28, 2009 and it holds good for ten years. Being a former engineer working in the procurement cell of PR and having an experience of over 18 years, the applicant said he was shocked to know that such a contract could be placed by the Pakistan Railways on single tender basis without following the laid down procedures of the Railways or following the prevalent laws as laid down by the Pakistan Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA). As for the high prices being paid by the PR and many other shortcomings of the contract, he urged the chief justice to only examine the latest letter of the General Manager (Operations) No GM Misc 03/2011 dated March 19, 2011 written to the Ministry of Railways. He admitted the aspect of high prices and other shortcomings in the contract. He said he also moved a complaint on the said transaction before the NAB chairman but no action has been taken on the same so far. He requested the CJP to take a suo moto notice of the alleged huge misappropriation of Government funds by circumventing the rules and buying the spare parts at exorbitant prices. He also urged the CJP to also examine the violation of procurement rules of the government, causing huge losses to the Pakistan Railways.