Scrutiny of accounts: PAC chief warns of filing reference against SC registrar

Nadeem Afzal Chan says his committee can discuss financial matters of judges.

Our Correspondent August 11, 2012


The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Nadeem Afzal Chan, on Friday said his committee could discuss the financial affairs of judges.

Speaking to the media at the Parliament House on Friday, he said that though the committee could not discuss the conduct of judges, it could discuss financial matters of the apex court.

He added that the PAC has sought the opinion of the law ministry about the appearance of the Supreme Court registrar before the committee.

“If he (the registrar) does not appear before the committee, it will send a reference to parliament,” he added.

He said the committee did not intend to discuss the conduct of judges, but their financial affairs. And for this purpose, if the registrar declines to appear before the committee, it reserves the right to approach parliament.

“If the president, the prime minister and the country’s security institutions can be held accountable, why can financial matters of the apex court not be questioned?”

Chan revealed that security institutions took the lead in following the directives of the PAC. If the bureaucracy so desired, corruption could be eradicated within a day, he added.

Talking to The Express Tribune Chan said he has already sought advice from the law ministry on sending a reference against the registrar, if he does not show up before the parliamentary body.

Besides seeking advice from the law minister, the PAC has also consulted legal experts on the matter, according to Chan.

He claimed that the court has itself made it clear that the registrar was not part of the judiciary.

“Under paragraph 93 of a Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry vs President of Pakistan case, Justice Ramday had declared that the registrar is not part of the judiciary,” he added.

“When parliament approves the budget it has the authority to scrutinise all departments which get their budgets approved from Parliament,” he added. (With additional input from Agencies)

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2012.


Hamid Hassan Khan | 11 years ago | Reply

@jj: i fully agree with u brother amjad. examples of Shaheed ZA Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto also support ur views.

Hamid HK

dr ajmal | 11 years ago | Reply

These thugs are just time wasters. What did you do when the watervand power secretary told you yesterday that govt does not want to resolve the power crisis? Abd has corruption finished every where else? Has the sc done any foul deals like your gvt or does it hv any huge budgets? All thug politicians of ppp and pmln.

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