Top court declares Royal Palm lease 'null and void'

Top court declares Royal Palm lease 'null and void'

Lahore (Staff Report/Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday declared Golf and Country Club in Lahore’s lease as null and void.

The top court, which had reserved its verdict on the matter in April this year, ordered the “handing over of all records and transfer management of the club within seven days” to Pakistan Railways (PR) and ruled that “PR shall be responsible for running the club.”

The apex court also held that accountability court proceedings on the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) reference No. 9/2018 shall continue in accordance with the law.

The court directed NAB to submit monthly progress reports for the perusal of an implementation bench, comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ahsan.

Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed welcomed the top court’s judgment regarding Royal Palm agreement. He said the tender of Royal Palm Club will be issued in three months as per decision of the court.

He renewed the pledge to steer Railways out of deficit within five years.