LHC declines request of Chinese’s company to withdraw

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 8:00:16 by

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial Thursday declined request of Chinese's company for withdrawing its petition against contract termination order of the Pakistan government for supply of 75 locomotives.The chief justice was hearing a petition filed by Dongfeng Electric International Corporation wherein secretary Railways and other officials were impleaded.As proceedings started, the petitioner's counsel submitted an application for withdrawing the petition contending that negotiations were in progress with the government for amicable resolution of the dispute.The Railway officials also placed on record documentation/report regarding performance of 69 locomotives supplied by the company from 2003 to 2008 under year 2001 contract besides intimation of fresh contract of 75 locomotives.However, the chief justice observed that substantial amount of public money was involved in the matter and it could not be treated as a private dispute.He observed that the petitioner-company brought a delegation to resolve the dispute and there was good reason to allow it to proceed with settlement/negotiation.He remarked that in case of failure of such negotiation, the court would proceed and adjourned the matter till September 12.The petitioner-company through its petition submitted that it got a contract for supply of 75 locomotives to Pakistan Railway on December 31,…
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