Supreme Court warns government not to transfer officers concerned
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday warned the government not to transfer officials related to the ephedrine quota case.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the ephedrine case. When Interior Secretary Sadiq Akbar appeared before the bench, the chief justice said: “You were summoned yesterday. Why did you not appear? The court knows the interior secretary is under pressure, but no officer should put his career at stake through misdeeds”.
The interior secretary rejected the allegations leveled against him by former health deputy director Dr Tanveer. In his written reply, the secretary said that he did not exert pressure to give a statement in favour of Khushnood Lashari.
The court disposed of the application of Dr Tanveer and accepted the explanation of the interior secretary. The court was told that Health DG Abdus Saboor had been transferred for cooperating in the investigation; however, notification had not been issued. The chief justice said that the court could be contacted if the order was issued. The case adjourned for an indefinite period.