LAHORE: Listening to a suo motu case about extraction of groundwater by bottled water firms, the Supreme Courtroom docket on Saturday requested the Nestle’s chief govt officer (CEO) to remain present throughout the court docket docket setting up until the company’s audit was carried available on the market.
A two-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, was listening to the case on the Supreme Courtroom docket’s Lahore registry. It moreover issued notices to the federal and all provincial governments to submit their replies regarding the case.
The CJP directed the SC registrar to allot rooms throughout the setting up for a forensic audit of Nestle, the CEO and totally different officers of which should solely be allowed to utilize the restroom in the middle of the audit. They’d keep present from the start till completion of the audit.
On the directive of the court docket docket, Nestle produced 81 samples of its product sooner than the court docket docket.
The CJP seen that the court docket docket had directed the company to submit paperwork of the report nonetheless it had provided undesirable containers.
The court docket docket moreover requested Nestle’s licensed adviser Aitzaz Ahsan why he had raised objections to the forensic audit which was earlier directed by the court docket docket, saying now the audit may be carried out throughout the SC setting up and the CEO may be present until its completion.
CJP Nisar talked about if the court docket docket was not giving a cheap order, Mr Ahsan could concern an announcement on TV as earlier the court docket docket had stopped him from issuing an announcement related to the case on TV. Advocate Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri, amicus curiae, talked about Nestle had illegally provided water value billions of rupees and likewise paid tax from the pocket of the taxpayers.
The CJP seen that Nestle was paying a meager amount of tax and utilizing groundwater value billions of rupees.
Punjab Meals Authority (PFA) Director-Regular Muhammad Usman submitted a report which talked about that Nestle water was drinkable nonetheless the parts weren’t in response to its label. PFA counsel Mian Iftikhar talked about Nestle water was not registered.
The CJP talked about the company had put in a turbine in Sheikhupura to fill water. He directed the company to submit a report about minerals included throughout the water and from the place this mineral was being imported. He talked about the companies’ two paise per liter tax have to be elevated to 50 paise or one rupee.
CJP Nisar talked about he would go to the Nestle manufacturing facility at Port Qasim to look at from the place it was getting water. He directed the accountant frequent of Punjab to symbolize a workers for a forensic audit and submit its report again to the court docket docket till the following listening to on Thursday.
Revealed in Dawn, October seventh, 2018