Sheikh Rasheed presented in Supreme court in Railways Deficit Case
Railway deficit case was heard in the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed. Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed appeared in the court. During the hearing, the Chief Justice inquired why tender for ML01 has not been released so far?
Sheikh Rasheed said ML One tender should be directed to the Ministry of Planning, ML One is an 1800-kilometer railway track. There will be a revolution in the railway. PC1 of ML1 has been submitted by Railways whereas Tenders are yet to be issued.
The court said that the Sindh government should cooperate with the Karachi Circle for the elimination of the encroachments and the MLN should be approved on a priority basis.
Lawyer Railway said that the Railway Minister is present in the court on the order of the court, on which the Chief Justice said that the Minister should tell what is the progress. All your raw material is in front of us. I think the railway should be closed. We do not need such a train as it is being run.
Chief Justice inquired about 70 people burnt out what action was taken, to which Sheikh Rasheed said that 19 people were taken to act in connection with the blaze. The Chief Justice said that gatekeepers and drives were removed.
Sheikh Rasheed said that action will also be taken against the officers, on which Chief Justice Pakistan said that you are the highest official. Why should not you be taken account of the death of 70 people. You should have resigned after the train burn case.
The court said that no more time will be given for the restoration of the circular railway track, which will be the responsibility of the rehabilitation of the displaced persons from the circular railway.
The Supreme Court asked Sheikh Rashid to submit a comprehensive railway business plan in 2 weeks. If the Sheikh Rasheed did not comply with the plan then there will be contempt of court action.
The Supreme Court issued notices to the Ministry of Planning and summoned the next hearing pre-planning and planning commission officials and adjourned the hearing till February 12.