SC orders NAB to review list of officers in huge salaries’ case


LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) director-general to review the list of officers appointed in the public sector companies on more than Rs 300,000 salary per month.

The bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan issued the order while hearing a suo motu notice regarding huge salary structure of officers of the public sector companies in Punjab.

NAB Director General Saleem Shahzad informed the court that a bank account had been opened for voluntary return of the additional salaries, received by the civil servants as heads or officials of the 56 public sector companies in the province. The Punjab government had also been informed about it, he added.

At this, the chief justice asked the details of 18 officials who had opposed the return of salaries and wanted to contest their case. To which, Dr Raheel Ahmad Siddiqui, former chairperson of the Punjab Revenue Authority, apprised the court that his name was also included in those 18 officials.

He was a grade-21 officer and was withdrawing more than Rs 300,000 as salary, permissible under the rules, but the NAB authorities included his name in the list of officers who were receiving market-based salaries, over and above their regular salaries, he added. At this, the chief justice termed the NAB list incorrect and directed for reviewing it.