LAHORE – A German-based watchdog Transparency International (TI) Pakistan chapter has issued notice to the Punjab University Vice Chancellor on violation of the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority Act of 2009, regarding tender notice for supply of LED lights which caused loss of Rs 2.6 crore to national exchequer, a document available with TheNation revealed.

A letter in this regard has also been written to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Punjab chief minister, NAB director general and Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority (PRA) managing director, said TI advisor Adil Gillani.

The TI received a complaint on September 19 about the alleged awarding contract to M/s Economia for supply of LED lights. The notice further said the complainant had alleged that the university management had awarded the contract unlawfully though initially the complainant was announced as the first lowest bidder. 

The Punjab University has also not circulated any evaluation report to the bidders in violation of the Punjab Procurement Rules 2009. The varsity provided the bidding document to bidders 12 days after the publication of notice inviting tender in press.

Whereas, according to the Rule 23(1), a procuring agency has to provide the bidding documents immediately after the publication of tender notice. Procuring agencies shall formulate precise and unambiguous bidding documents that shall be made available to the bidders immediately after the publication of the invitation to bid, the Rule further added.

The Transparency International examined the complaint, and asked the vice chancellor to look into the matter and if allegations proved correct, conciliate the contract and re-invite tender as per the Punjab Procurement Regulatory Authority Act of 2009.

5 criminals held: The National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) N-5 Central have foiled a dacoity attempt and seized liquor and recovered arms and ammunition from five criminals involved in different cases, besides reuniting two lost child with their families.

According to details, the NH&MP officers arrested culprits namely Tariq Ali of Lahore, Muhammad Ali of Okara and Muhammad Yasin for their involvement in different criminal activities. Liquor and illegal weapons were also recovered from them.

Similarly, the patrol officers helped an eight-year-old Sana and a 12-year-old Usama to reunite with their families. NH&MP DIG Rai Altaf Hussain appreciated the efforts of patrol officers and awarded commendation certificates to them.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Highway Patrol (PHP) claimed to have arrested nine culprits of illegal firearms and narcotics on Sunday. The suspected men identified as Syed Jaffar Naqvi, Syed Ali Raza, Bashir, Shahid Hussain, Muhammad Riaz, Imran Liaqat, Ejaz Hussain, Ahmed Yar and Fakhar Uddin. They have been handed over to the investigation wing for further interrogation.