The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued contempt of court notices to several NEPRA and K-Electric officials over unannounced load-shedding. The officials that were handed the contempt of court notices include;
- National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) Chairperson Brigadier (retd) Tariq Sadozai,
- Nepra Vice-Chairperson Syed Mansoorul Haq,
- K-Electric (K-E) Chief Executive Officer Tayyab Tareen,
- Chief Generation and Transmission Officer K-E,
- Head of Distribution K-E, and
- CEO Distribution K-E.
An electricity consumer, Karamat Ali, filed a petition in province’s apex court seeking a contempt of court notice for NEPRA and K-E officials. The petitioner told that the court previously termed the power outages during the 2015 heatwave as unannounced load-shedding. The court also directed K-Electric to increase its power generation as well, the petitioner added.
However, the petitioner told that the fault in Bin Qasim Plant shows that K-E has failed to implement court’s decision of increasing power generation. The court noticed that NEPRA isn’t willing to take any action against the company and expressed its displeasure over the regulator’s lack of action.
The petitioner’s counsel further sought compensation for over 1000 victims that lost their lives during the 2015 heatwave. In this regard, the counsel requested the court to direct the federal and provincial governments to compensate those whose lives were affected by the heatwave.