Reference against AGP sent to Supreme Court

* Reference says AGP has got extra salary and other benefits

ISLAMABAD: After approval from the prime minister, a reference against the auditor general of Pakistan (AGP) has been sent to the Supreme Court. Parliamentary sources told Daily Times that after taking written approval against the AGP from the National Assembly (NA), the report of the special body of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was sent to the Law and Justice Division. The Law Division wrote to the PM to seek his permission. Through the Law Division’s instructions, the report along with summary was sent to the PM and got approval. The reference was later sent to the NA secretary with instructions to send it to the Supreme Court registrar. Sources said that the NA secretary sent the reference on August 22 to the SC registrar. He is bound to send the reference to the Supreme Judicial Council. Under the reference, it was proved that the AGP has got extra salary and other benefits from the national exchequer at the time of this appointment. Such benefits have cost the government Rs 4.6 million and the AGP is responsible for this irregularity and action should be taken against him, the sources maintained. It was also suggested to remove him from his post. Under the recommendations of the Special body of PAC, the Controller General Accounts has written a letter to the Accountant General Pakistan Revenue to recover Rs 4.6 million already paid to the AGP. Another letter has also been written to the Finance Ministry to take action against those officials who helped to release extra salary and benefits to the AGP.

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