‘Railways to pursue Royal Palm case in all courts’

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Tuesday expressed his firm resolve to pursue the Royal Palm and Golf Club case in the courts till justice was done.

Addressing a press conference at the Railways Royal Palm Golf Club, he said the club was constructed on ‘Railways land’ under the 15-year-old agreement between the club’s previous management and the then Railways authorities, which had been terminated due to default of over two years payments.

The minister said the Railways department was facing cases regarding the Royal Palm Club in lower and higher courts, besides at the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and it would defend its rights at all levels in accordance with the law and constitution.

Saad Rafiq said the court, in its recent judgment, did not nullify the club’s possession by the Railways management, however, it had constituted a three-member committee to supervise its (club’s) financial matters. The previous management had been allowed to deal with only its operations, he added.

“The Railways would honour the court orders and present its reservations before them,” the minister said.

He said that Railways department, a national institution, was fighting with the forces of status quo for the rights of the common man. The department was growing day by day and the nation should support it for the just cause, he added.

Saad Rafiq said he would never allow the status quo mafia to exploit the rights of the common man and that the previous club management was not only defaulter of the department but it had also not paid Rs 120 million to a private commercial bank.

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