KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has felt bitter leasing as well as renting residential properties of the Sindh Small Industries Company in infraction of guidelines and referred the matter to the National Accountability Bureau for a probe.
The court has actually also directed the principal secretary of Sindh to make certain execution of the suggestions made by a questions committee and also get the premises vacated and likewise make sure that all such residential or commercial properties were used for the purpose they were meant for within three months.
The single-judge bench headed by Justice Salahuddin Panhwar provided show-cause notifications to the chairman and also taking care of supervisor of SSIC over their lethargic attitude and also act of leasing as well as renting out the homes.
At the outset of the hearing, the bench was notified that according to its earlier order, the chief assistant had actually comprised a questions board which performed a probe. The record of the committee was additionally placed before the bench.
The report said that the properties/assets of the SSIC got rid of on the basis of highest offer/bids, however the prevailing advertising and marketing lease value was not obtained from the corresponding mukhtiarkar and also recommended that all the rented facilities should be obtained abandoned by giving one-month notification and all such properties might be rented/sold out under open auction procedure and based on the Sindh Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (SPPRA) policies.
The bench observed that the query report appearing showed malfeasance and misfeasance of authorities on large level in the SSIC and also included it was shocking that residential or commercial properties of the SSIC implied for promotion of local sectors as well as technical education and learning, were marketed out/rented out or kept abandoned.
It even more noted that around 15 properties/assets of SSIC, including structures real estate technical training centres and invention advancement centres, carpet centres, leather & shoes centres, readymade garment training centres, timber working training centres, embroidery training centres and also regional workplaces in Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Sukkur, Nawabshah, Larkana and also various other parts of the province were either sold out or rented at small prices in offense of the rules and regulation.
The bench claimed that it was criminal negligence for overdue officials as well as a result, the issue was being described the NAB chairman and director general of Sindh NAB for a probe so regarding ensure that such acts/offences should constantly bring legal repercussion.
It further observed that the chief assistant was the highest-ranking civil servant that was the administrative head of the district, hence the tasks of the chief secretary always required even more vigilance in the direction of his responsibilities then taking initiatives just on reminders/interventions by the courts.
The flagrant infraction of legislation and also guidelines by subordinate also brings the head under some obligations the very least failure in holding a good administrative control, it included.
The bench directed the chief secretary to make sure application of suggestions made by the questions board and must get the properties abandoned and also ought to make certain use thereof for which same were meant preferably within 3 months after taking on all legal and also codal rules.
It also issued show cause notifications to the chairman and the MD of the SSIC that why they ought to not be booked under Pakistan Penal Code with regard to their silence as well as sluggish perspective in the topic and also guided them to be in attendance on the following hearing in addition to their replies.
The bench routed the participant assessment team-II of the SHC to ensure compliance with the order.