Islamabad: SC slaps Rs 0.2m fine on bank chief in guard case
ISLAMABAD: On the issue of non-compliance of court orders on the petition of a Chowkidar, the Supreme Court summoned National Bank of Pakistan President Qamar Hussein on Monday to personally appear before the court and slapped him with a fine of Rs200,000.
A Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, took up the case of Muhammad Ayyaz, who had registered a contempt of court petition against the bank’s president for not restoring him in line with the court’s orders.
The bank’s president appeared before the court and sought an unconditional apology from Muhammad Ayyaz and gave him a cheque for Rs1.7 million. The court consequently fined the president Rs200,000 for unnecessarily involving the applicant in the court proceedings.
When the court was about to issue a contempt of court notice to the bank’s HR department officer, Muhammad Farooq Rao, for indulging in wrong correspondence, the bank’s president requested the court that he be allowed to personally take action against the officer, and said he would duly inform the court about the outcome. The court ordered him to carry out an investigation and prepare a report within three months. It should be remembered that the management of the bank has not restored the petitioner since 2003, despite the court’s order.