The top court of the country has imposed a ban on the construction of housing societies on Pakistan Railways’ land across the country.
The instructions came during the hearing of a suo motu case, by a three-member bench at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry, regarding lease of Railways land.
The court also imposed a ban on leasing out Railways’ land for over three years.
During the course of hearing, the full bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, also ordered the seizure of the Royal Palm Country & Golf Club’s record.
The bench also declared all orders of the Lahore High Court (LHC) pertaining to the Royal Palm Country & Golf Club as ineffective.
The court issued instructions to ensure that no record of railways land will go out of the premises of Royal Palm Country & Golf Club.
The bench appointed accountancy firm, Fergusons, as caretaker administration of the club and directed it to immediately seize all the records and carry out a forensic audit.
In its order, the court said that the incumbent administration of the Club will not enter its premises. However, the court said that all scheduled programmes will go on as planned at the club.
The SC also sought the records of all cases pertaining to the club which are pending before the LHC.
Directing Ramzan Sheikh and his management to hand over the club to Fergusons, Justice Nisar said:
Till the forensic audit is complete, the club will neither remain with the railways nor with Ramzan Sheikh.
The judge said that Royal Palm’s contract was flawed since day one – billions were looted after joining hands with the railways’ management to obtain the land.