The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan on Thursday banned the construction of housing societies on Railways’ land and ordered that the records of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club (RPGCC) be seized.
These directives were issued as the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case pertaining to the lease of Railways’ land at the Lahore registry of the top court.
The court also nullified all previous orders given by the Lahore High Court (LHC) pertaining to the Golf and Country clubs. It directed that no records pertaining to the land shall be allowed to leave the premises of the club.
Later, the court dissolved the administration of Royal Palm and appointed the accounting firm, Ferguson Chartered Company, in its place, ordering it to seize all records.
The court further ordered that the old administration will not be allowed access to the club, however, all planned activities shall continue as planned.
The records of all cases pertaining to the club in the high court are also to be seized.
Later, the chief justice declared a ban on more than three-year lease of agricultural land belonging to Pakistan Railways and the construction of housing societies on it.
Moreover, the court told Ramzan Sheikh and his staff to relinquish charge of the club to the auditing firm for a forensic audit. It added that until an audit is complete, the club shall not rest with Sheikh or Pakistan Railways.