SC rejects audit report in ex-PM’s development schemes case

Court expresses annoyance over non-appearance of Auditor General

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court has rejected audit report of Commercial Audit Director General Robina Faisal and sought written reply from her in respect of illegal development schemes case of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf.

The court expressed annoyance over non-appearance of Auditor General Buland Akhtar Rana in person in the court and non-presentation of audit report by him. A three-member bench presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani took up the case for hearing on Monday.

The chief justice remarked that the AG Pakistan was to present the report. “Breach of the law will not be tolerated,” he said. The Commercial Audit director general told the court that the PEPRA rules have been violated in 51 out of 54 schemes. She said that only three schemes were found in line with the law and their audit was underway.

“Where is AG Pakistan and where is his report,” the court questioned. Robina told the court that the AG was in Lahore in connection with the inauguration ceremony of Nandipur Power Project. Justice Jillani remarked that the project was inaugurated two days before. “AG is doing what in Lahore now. Tell him court has expressed displeasure over it. What you and AG have to say be presented in written form.”

Counsel for the contractors told the court that the funds were allocated in 2012 for the development schemes. He said that these (funds) could not be utilized in 2013 due to court’s orders and the contractor and the labourers were worried over it. A letter has been written to the Assistant Accountant General in this respect.

The court inquired from the Attorney General if the government has issued any order or otherwise in this regard. The court directed the AG to seek directives from the Ministry of Finance Affairs on the matter of non-payment of the bills to the contractors from 2012 so far who have completed the schemes and present the report before it till June 13.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till June 13.

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