Islamabad - The Supreme Court on Friday directed secretary Capital Administration and Development Division to submit detail report about availability of medicines and working conditions of the machines and equipment in the federal capital public hospitals.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing suo motu regarding alleged corruption in supply of oxygen, nitrogen gas and theft of medicines in the Federal Government Polyclinic hospital.

The bench also directed Additional District Judge (West), Islamabad, Syed Faizan Haider to decide the stay application of M/s Business Development Islamabad on August 22. Justice Saqib said if he is on leave then the vacation judge shall take up the matter and dispose of it.

The advocate generals of all provinces were ordered to provide details about the machineries and other equipment in the DHQ Hospitals and their states of being operative on the next date.

Justice Saqib asked the secretary CADD that he would need affidavit of every aspect of the report because if anything goes wrong then he would be responsible. He said things need to improve in the institutions.

Secretary CADD Hassan Iqbal, appearing before the bench, informed that he has taken into account all the aspects of the case and like to probe the matter personally. He said that two weeks are required to do the needful.

Justice Eja z Afzal, another member of the bench, questioned whatever the expenditures made by the hospital (Polyclinic) administration were not subject to audit. He asked why these glaring errors were not reflected in the audit report, adding what audit department has been doing. The judge stated: “It seems all are sailing in one boat and things have been done hand in gloves.”

FIA director, who was summoned by the bench, informed that the FIA has jurisdiction to investigate this case. He further told that he had explained it to the Senate Standing Committee, which is also looking alleged corruption in Polyclinic. He told that 102 technicians were recruited in the Islamabad hospitals and out of total 20 are not eligible for the jobs. The court asked him to probe the supply of nitrogen and oxygen gas by Business Development to Polyclinic.

The court was informed that the contractor, who is supplying nitrogen gas to Polyclinic hospital, procured status quo order from the Sessions Court of Islamabad. In view of the hospital administration he could not open the tender floated for supply of gas.

The bench asked the secretary CADD to make sure that there should not be shortage of nitrogen gas in Polyclinic.

The counsel of M/s Business Development Islamabad told that he has filed an application to become party in the matter. However, the court told him they would examine it later on. The case is adjourned for two weeks.