ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Esa has remarked “ National Consolidated Fund (NCF) is the money collected from people through taxes and national kitty is not some one personal property.
He further remarked “government is bypassing the parliament. Billion of rupees of Kisan package have been released without any legal authority. Who will return billion of rupees if parliament does not approve supplementary grant”.
A 2-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) presided over by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan took up Kisan package case for hearing Wednesday.
Justice Qazi Faez Esa inquired from Attorney General (AG) Ashtar Ausaf Ali “ is Kisan Package legal and constitutional.
AG said “ Kissan package is constitutional. Government is authorised to release funds. As per law the expenses which are incurred in excess of budgetary allocations are got approved from parliament through supplementary grant.
Justice Qazi Faez Esa remarked “ billion of rupees of Kisan package have been released without any legal approval. Government should seek approval for Kisan package before spending the money . If parliament does not accord approval to supplementary grant then who will return amount of billion of rupees. National kitty is not someone personal property. National Consolidated Fund’ is tax collection which is made from the people. Government enjoys majority therefore it should seek approval for Kisan package from parliament.
He further remarked “ Seeking approval from parliament after spending Rs 20 billion of Kisan package will be a rubber stamp. Why the Kisan package has not been presented in parliament earlier. Why parliament has been bypassed.
AG said “ how can you say parliament’s approval will be a rubber stamp. Government gives reply to questions and not to presumptions.
Justice Qazi Faez Esa remarked government has no such discretionary powers to release funds of billion of rupees. Enact law on the matter of subsidy. If law has not to be framed then subsidy be allowed to all. Why the subsidy is provided through notification only.
AG said “we will consider this point.
The court while directing AG to give arguments on merit today adjourned the hearing of the case.