K-Electric has submitted its reply with Sindh High Court (SHC) in a case related to over four dozen deaths in Karachi due to electrocution during monsoon rains.
Jamaat-e-Islami’s Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman had lodged a case against K-Electric, holding the power distributor responsible for the innocent deaths.
In the petition, he had alleged that the KE authorities had failed to maintain the electricity poles and installation during the rains. He also sought court orders for compensation for the legal heirs of the victims.
An independent inquiry conducted by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had also held the company responsible.
In the case, the Sindh High Court had earlier ordered the arrest of top K-Electric officials, but police had failed to ‘find’ them in the province. Later, the CEO and other high-ups got pre-arrest bail from the court.
In its reply, the power supplier to Karachi refuted the allegation that it was by any means responsible for over 40 deaths during rains this year, calling it a ‘natural disaster.’
It maintained that the electrocution was an “act of God and cannot be attributed to the standard or quality of service being provided by KE.”
The power company emphasized that their poles and cables were in compliance with NEPRA’s standards and that they fell due to heavy rains, which were an ‘Act of God.’
The court, while adjourning the case till next hearing, sought a reply from Hafiz Naeem’s lawyer on KE’s stance.