| Updated at: 1611 PST, Thursday, November 10, 2011|
ISLAMABAD: The report prepared for the restoration of Pakistan Railways was presented in the Supreme Court (SC). According to the report Pakistan Railways requires Rs28 billion to be restored, to which Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry replied that with that amount of money a new Railways department could be started.
A two member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice heard the suo moto Railways pensioners’ case. The SC allowed former Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed to become a party in the case. Ahmed informed the court that due to the involvement high-level personalities, rules regarding the purchase of engines were being relaxed.
Chairman Pakistan Railways admitted that rules and conditions were deviated from during the purchase of 75 engines.
Sheikh Rahseed Ahmed added that ‘big fish’ were involved in selling Railways scrap cheaply and that is why their cases were not being sent to NAB.
Chief Justice remarked that no one was allowed to sell national institutions and cases of corruption in the Railways would be sent to NAB.
Attorney General of Pakistan informed the court that there was an Rs500 million loss in the sale of Railways scrap.