ISLAMABAD: A three member bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar, Justice Ijaz ul Hassan and Justice Ch Ejaz Yousaf on Thursday directed Mrs Azra Riffat Rana, a retired deputy secretary of the Secretariat Group to pay rent of the official residence allotted to her and present the receipt before the court on February 4. The court also directed her to file affidavit before the court that she was living in the house herself.
Earlier Deputy Attorney General Nahida Mehboob Elahi told the court that as per report of the Federal Investigating Agency, she had not paid the rent of the house and was not living in the house. The DAG also said that she had obtained the Canadian nationality.
Mrs Azra Riffat Rana who is a widow, got pre-mature retirement from 15 January 2005 following illness of her mother. At that time she was serving as deputy secretary in Finance Division and claimed to keep the official residence No 517-F, G-6/4, Islamabad till the age of her superannuation ie 3 March 2011. However, later she was asked to vacate the residence on the orders of the minister for housing and works. On this, she first went to Federal Service Tribunal and then took stay from the Supreme Court.
The deputy attorney general told the court that the 1991 rules under which the lady was claiming to keep the official residence till her age of superannuation had been repealed and now the 2002 rules were in practice. Estate Officer Sher Afzal Khan who was present in the court was reprimanded by Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar. The chief justice asked him as to where was he when she was allowed to keep the official residence till superannuation. The chief justice reprimanded the estate officer for trying to be over clever.
The chief justice also advised the deputy attorney general not to try to be over smart. Shoaib Shaheen Advocate appeared for Mrs Azra Riffat Rana. He argued that a minister had no power to issue the cancellation orders of an allotment. He also argued that her client was being discriminated.-SANA