LAHORE: Former railways minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Wednesday submitted a reply in the Supreme Court to the audit para on the financial losses in Pakistan Railways.
As per details, a three-judge bench under the stewardship of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the case of Railway losses at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.
For the hearing, officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) presented the detained leader of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) before the bench.
The legal counsel of Rafique submitted a reply to the audit para pertaining to losses in the railways.
“No corruption or irregularities have been mentioned in the audit paras,” the counsel said. To this, the top judge remarked, “There have been losses.”
Rafique’s counsel clarified, “These aren’t losses but debt that is being carried over for the past 65 years.”
The apex court bench then directed the auditor general and federal government to submit their replies on Rafique’s response.
On April 7, the chief justice had taken a suo motu notice of alleged Rs60 billion corruption in the Pakistan Railways. The top judge had also summoned railways minister, secretary and board members along with the audit report.