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SC directs nine officials of Punjab companies to return inflated salaries

LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) informed the Supreme Court on Friday that 45 officials of Punjab’s public sector companies have showed willingness to return inflated salaries they have received. 

NAB Director General Lahore Saleem Shahzad submitted a report to a two-judge bench of the apex court hearing a suo motu case related to higher salaries received by heads of companies.

He said 45 officials have agreed to return the excess amount, while nine are unwilling to do so. He said the anti-graft watchdog has received over Rs320 million from officials who received inflated salaries.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, who headed the bench, directed the remaining public officials to return the inflated salaries within three months. He warned that action would be taken against them in case of non-compliance of court orders.

He observed that officials who had been receiving excessive salaries had looted the public money.

Justice Nisar questioned Managing Director of Safe City Authority Ali Amir Malik why he had been receiving Rs650,000 when he should have got Rs150,000-200,000 as per his pay scale. Malik was one of the nine officials who have refused to return the excessive salaries.

The hearing was adjourned for indefinite period.

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