ISLAMABAD - The mismanagement of Religious Affairs Ministrys officials has caused Rs 421.4 million loss to the national exchequer, as the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Religious Ministry to pay compensation money to the affected pilgrims of five 'Maktab, who were provided inappropriate accommodations during Haj last year. Shaukat Hayat Durrani, new Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs, was asked to pay 700 Saudi Riyal (SR) per Haji to the affected pilgrims within a week, as this is the judicial order. The court further directed him to submit schedule and formula regarding payment before the court. There were 26,200 pilgrims of five Maktab (blocks) who were not provided unsuitable accommodation during the performance of Haj, the secretary told. The secretary informed the court that he had joined the ministry on December 20, 2010 therefore he needed some time to arrange the money. Justice Raja Fayyaz said that the court could order to freeze ministrys bank accounts if the SR 700 per Haji were not paid to the pilgrims. A seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a suo moto case of Haj corruption. The Chief Justice during the proceeding asked the DG FIA if he could not investigate into the matter, he should handover the case to the Government, otherwise the court would pass order. The court was stunned over not recording statement of Interior Minister Rehman Malik by the FIA. The evidence of the important persons involved in the case has not been brought on the record. Bilal Yasin in its statement submitted that Zain Iftikhar Sukhera, who is involved in Haj corruption, had close relation with Abdul Qadir Gilani son of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Thrice he made trips to Saudi Arabia with PMs family. When the court inquired from DG FIA that these were allegations against PMs son, he replied, Yes. MNA Pirzada Imran Ahmed Shah that during his stay in Saudi Arabia Rao Shakeel informed him that he had paid millions of rupees to the authorities to get this post. The court observed that the investigation of the case had not been conducted honestly and with dedication. Attempt have been made to hush up the matter while sufficient material was available to the agency to probe the case in light of the report of two MNAs Imran Shah and Bilal Yasin. Case diary has not been maintained. Ministry of Religious Affairs prosecutor Sardar Latif Khosa stated that two ministers were sacked on the courts orders, adding that the opposing party was now demanding removal of the Prime Minister. He told that the Premier had directed that the investigation should be done transparently. Justice Ramday remarked if there was this kind of investigation level then it would bring bad to the PM. The CJ inquired why Zain Iftikhar Sukera, who was also involved in the case, was also not inquired. The Chief Justice said if the matter was further probed then it would reveal the names of more influential persons. Rao Shakeel Ahmed, ex-Director Haj, has been facing corruption charges but the FIA has not managed to find out how he was appointed and record of his SMS to the Interior Minister, besides how the former minister for religious affairs became able to get official passport for Ahmed Fiaz, ministrys agent in Saudi Arabia for arranging accommodation for pilgrim in Saudi Arabia. CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry remarked that Director General FIA had been on the mercy of the Government as a temporary employee. The counsel of Swati in his statement said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik through an SMS got omitted the name of Rao Shakeel from the exit control list. The court observed that the DG FIA was showing his inability on many issues of the case. Till now there was no satisfactory investigation of the case. Enough time has been granted and nothing has been done except showing paper progress. Director General Federal Investigation Agency Waseem Ahmed placed on record the progress report of investigation and the statements of Abdul Rasheed, Naqeeb, Agha Sarwar Qzalbash, former secretary of religious affairs ministry, and Shahid Khan, former DG Haj, and the report of meetings with Governor of Makkah. Justice Ramday asked Waseem, You are leading the highest intelligence agency of the country but you dont know the law. He asked whether the statements of persons involved in the case had been recorded under Section 161 of CrPc. Justice Javed Iqbal said that Bilal Yasin and Imran Shah had levelled serious allegation in his statement that had appeared in the media, but those charges were missing in FIAs report, saying it seemed those had been censored by the agency official. The Chief Justice remarked, This is the reason 99 per cent cases of FIA fail in the courts because their officers dont know the law properly. Afnan Kundi, counsel for Azam Khan Swati, submitted the statement of former science and technology minister. He said that his client had written several letters to FIA since 13th December 2010 till today but they did not bother to reply. The case has been adjourned till January 11. Agencies add: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Thursday ordered reimbursement of 700 Riyals to each pilgrim affected during the Haj operations within a week; otherwise the court would freeze the accounts of the Ministry of Religious Affairs. During the court proceedings, Chief Justice ordered the DG FIA to record the statement of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and make it part of the case. Malik is accused of issuing directives of removing the names of former director Haj RAO Shakeel and another main accused of the case Ahmed Faiz from the exit control list (ECL) through an SMS. The DG FIA told the court that Rao was involved in Rs 200 million corruption case.