ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court while hearing the case regarding procedural irregularities in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import contract has directed the Government to ensure transparency in this important matter of national interest and produce relevant facts before the apex court in this regard. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Chaudhry Ejaz Ahmed and Justice Ghulam Rabbani resumed hearing in a suo moto case on Friday. The bench during course of hearing repeatedly expressed its dissatisfaction over the procedural mechanism adopted during awarding of the contracts. S M Zafar, counsel for Ministry of Petroleum, apprised the Court regarding importance of LNG contract at a time when the country was facing acute power deficit. There is no need of legislation on freedom of expression, as due to grouping in various departments of the Government, media persons get confidential information, he added. He further acknowledged the apex court that the access of the confidential information to the media was already a great source of worry for all the concerned parties. An interesting situation arose when the CJ asked S M Zafar that being a representative of Government how he would see the state of affairs in the country. The Chief Justice categorically pointed out whether this was an example of good governance or otherwise. Zafar replied in his defence, I think there is no Government, adding that, I am only the representative of the Government as a lawyer in this case and nothing else. Although S M Zafar claimed before the bench that Petroleum Ministry conducted the whole process in a transparent manner to ensure the availability of LNG in the country to minimise the current energy deficit. Zafar submitted that the court should allow this project to be completed, as this was crucial in meeting the energy demands and bringing the reeling economy back on track. At this, the Chief Justice remarked if the LNG import contract procedure was transparent, it would not have come to the Supreme Court. It is pertinent to mention here that the apex court swung into action after a news break in which it had been claimed that top officials in Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources had awarded a multibillion dollar contract of 3.5 million tons LNG import to a French firm after ignoring the lowest bid jointly offered by the Fauji Foundation and the Vitol. The case has been adjourned till Monday.