Islamabad - The administration of Polyclinic hospital on Thursday informed the apex court that a committee has been constituted to probe alleged corruption in purchase of medicines and equipment.

A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed heard the suo motu case pertaining to corruption in the Polyclinic.

Additional Attorney General informed that a committee has been constituted to probe the alleged corruption. The chief justice remarked that committees are constituted aimed to delay an issue.

During the hearing the court accepted the plea of Young Doctors Association to become a party in the instant matter. The chief justice said that the instant matter relates to public interest hence all the parties should submit their replies.

The court also directed Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Naru, Executive Director Polyclinic to submit his reply and adjourned hearing until last week of July.

The chief justice had taken suo moto notice on the application of Dr Umar Lodhi sent to the Human Rights Cell of Supreme Court. He informed that Executive Director of Polyclinic hospital Dr Iftikhar Ahmed Naru and his wife were partners in a company called Crescent Traders — an equipment supplier that the hospital has been using for the last five years.

According to the applicant, the hospital management was also involved in the alleged misappropriation of medicines and oxygen gas kits.

The applicant had contended that Dr Naru is a government servant and is doing business with the hospital by illegally awarding supply contracts to his own company.

He had further stated that the firm is also contracted to repair and maintain cooling equipment in the hospital. The applicant had requested the chief justice to order holding an inquiry into the issue and audit medicinal supply procurement for the last five years.