ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that LPG contract awarded to Jamshoro Joint Venture Limited (JJVL) in a non-transparent manner to oblige certain generals, politicians and bureaucrats. He informed a two-member bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali that the contract was awarded to JJVL through its Chief Executive Iqbal Z Ahmad on August 08, 2003 being a sole-bidder for the allocation of a multibillion dollar provision of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The PML-L leader demanded that there should be re-bidding of the project, as it has already caused huge loss to the national exchequer. He said the issue has been raised on the floor of the Parliament on different occasion, but the executive has violated with impunity all norms of decorum and propriety therefore he has approached the Supreme Court to remove the anomalies in the project. He informed that Munir Hafeez, ex-chairman NAB, Gen (Retd) Khalid Maqbool, ex-governor Punjab, Lt Gen (Retd) Moin-ud-Din Haider, former interior minister, Major (Retd) Ishtiaq Asif, former president of National Bank of Pakistan Syed Ali Raza and Bushra Aitzaz were the main beneficiaries of the JJVL. The court observed that they have to see whether or not the quota was awarded in transparent manner and in accordance with the law. Khawaja Asif said that NA subcommittee on Petroleum had investigated the LPG Extraction contract in detail and submitted its report in November 2010. The LPG Rules promulgated in 1971 were never implemented in letter and spirit by the governments. Nine applications for pre-qualification of the bidders were received and out of which six applications met the minimum requirement. Only one pre-qualified bidder - JJVL -was awarded the contract without a bid bond, which in negation of Public Procurement Rules. Aitzaz Ahsan counsel for JJVL stated that the NA Committee could not exercise judicial function, and complained that the Committee gave the recommendation without hearing his client. Justice Javed Iqbal questioned if the proceedings of the NA Committee are justiciable. He further asked to what extent the parliament could interfere in the sphere of executive. Aitzaz replied that Parliament could discuss the committees recommendation and if it passes a bill into an Act then it was binding. He informed the court that the natural gas could not be supplied to domestic and commercial consumers in raw form. Therefore LPG is extracted, he said adding the state-of-the-art technology worth $100 million was installed at Jamshoro to extract the LPG. He said if Jamshoro closes its project now then 3 to 4 tonnes of gas would be flared up to get purified natural gas that could be used at homes and industries. Kh Asif said that Competition Commission had issued show cause notice to the JJVL. But Aitzaz said they have contested the notice and the mala fide of the Competition Commission (CC), adding the High Court had suspended the CC order. The learned counsel stated that there was no violation of Pepra Rules in the bid. He said the only concern for them is stigma. Attorney General for Pakistan Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq said the main contract of JJVL and its renewal is dependent upon the British Petroleum. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali asked the petitioner what future prospect he sees if the stay order is issued. Whether it would carry adverse effect or it would be in the interest of the national interest? he asked. Khawaja Asif said that first agreement has completed its term and the national exchequer suffered Rs 8 billion loss in royalty. There should be re-bidding of LPG project, he demanded. Abid Hassan Manto, counsel for Sui Southern Gas Company, stated that gross violation was made by the authorities in awarding the LPG quota to JJVL. The stance of MD SSGC before the NA Standing Committee was that bid was approved without the bid bond. The case was adjourned till June 29, 2011.