ISLAMABAD During the hearing of case regarding Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import contract, the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that transparency was apparently missing in the deal worth billions of dollars. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Rabbani while hearing this case remarked that this was not a small issue but a big case. In his remarks, the Chief Justice said that prima facie irregularities had been committed in this project by the relevant ministry. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked Special Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum, J A Sabri, You are so daring person that you are still misguiding the court. You are wasting our time from the day first. You should open everything. You have a large ministry and still cannot settle the matter. Your statement is leading us neither here nor there. The bench during course of hearing repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction over the procedural mechanism adopted during award of contract. Sabri said that the 4-Gas company had entered into an integrated project with supply of 3.5 million tons LNG per annum at that date. The Chief Justice observed that cut of date for 4-Gas had expired on September 16, 2009 and after that negotiations could not be held with it for construction of terminal at Port Qasim. Project Director Sui Southern Gas Naeem Sharafat informed the bench that in LNG industry it was practised to indicate its volume, which was not binding. The Chief Justice observed that the Shell was not a party, as it had been dropped in the bidding and how it was taken into contract. The Petroleum Ministrys counsel, SM Zafar, while giving arguments in the court, said Pakistan is facing acute energy crisis at present, adding that two government officials have just given their statements before the court. He said he would present his own point of view and the two government officers presented their own viewpoints. Earlier, Special Secretary Petroleum J A Sabri and Project Manager Sharafat Naeem gave their statements. Sharafat Naeem informed the court that the Letter of Support was not taken back from 4 Gas and its dated had also lapsed, adding the Letter of Expression of Interest was issued to 4 Gas in June 2006. The CJ, scolding the Petroleum Secretary Sabri, said the ministers are entangled in technical issues to force them to make such decisions. The CJP said the matter regarding awarding a contract is not a science beyond comprehension. Justice Ghulam Rabbani said, in his remarks, that now it was up to court to spot the transparency the contract. The case has been adjourned till today.