Supreme Court’s two member bench comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Aijazul Hasan, on Friday (June 28) issued directives of handing over the Royal Palm Golf Club to Pakistan Railways Department. The case was heard in SC’s Lahore registry.
The verdict termed agreement done with Royal Palm Club & Country as an “outlaw”, ordering the luxurious club’s new management to set rules and regulations within three months. “Railway Administration will oversee the matter pertaining to the case. Pakistan Railways should handle the club’s affairs with top-notch approach”, the decision stated.
Let it be known that the apex court had dissolved administrative board of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in December, 2018 and ordered to immediately seize all the record. According to the anti-corruption watchdog, the authorities were involved in corruption by illegally allotting 140 acres of land – owned by Pakistan Railways – to Mainland Husnain Pakistan Limited (MHPL) on 49-year lease in 2001 for business purpose, and the national exchequer suffered loss of around Rs2.20 billion.
Railways Minister welcomes SC judgement
Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has welcomed the judgement of Supreme Court regarding Royal Palm agreement. He said the tender of Royal Palm Club will be issued in three months as per decision of the court.
He renewed the pledge to steer Railways out of deficit within five years.
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17 November, 2019