ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Intelligence Bureau (IB) director general (DG) to submit a report on the distribution of money - allegedly used to dislodge the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in Punjab in 2009 - in a sealed envelope.

The court expressed anger over missing reports of Mehran Bank and Habib Bank after Attorney General (AG) Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq informed the bench that the secretaries interior and law and justice ministries had told him that the reports on the affairs in the two banks were not available.

A three-member bench - headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervaiz – was hearing the petition filed by Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan regarding disbursement of funds among the politicians by the ISI.

During the proceedings, the court reminded the attorney general that he was ordered in the last hearing to get instruction from the IB about the veracity of a news item appeared in an English newspaper, which claimed that Rs 270 million were allegedly used by the civilian spy agency to dislodge the Punjab government in 2009.

The reporter of the newspaper, who filed the story, appearing before the court claimed that besides other sources, ex-DG IB Tariq Lodhi had confirmed about the funds.

The attorney general said the IB DG wanted to brief the court on the money in-camera. But the chief justice asked him to submit the request in writing, as he (AG) had neither confirmed nor denied the story and directed him to call the IB chief to appear before the court in half an hour and to explain his position.

IB DG Aftab Sultan, while appearing before the court, said the inventory, which contained the detail of spending, was not with him; therefore, he could not confirm nor deny the report at the moment. He further told the bench that they maintained the record of spent funds but they did not mention the purpose.

The judges observed that the money given to the agencies was for the security purpose and not to destabilise the political dispensation.

The chief justice asked the DG why such a huge amount was spent, saying, “If you can brief the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) about the expenditure, why you cannot inform us.

The DG replied that the PAC only asked about whether the money was spent or not.

The DG requested the court to give him sometime so that he could collect all the details to brief the bench in in-camera.

Earlier, the AG informed the court about the unavailability of Mehran and Habib banks reports.

Justice Khilji said: “The reports are very important; therefore, we can’t ignore them because they are relevant documents and seeing them is their right as the judges of Supreme Court and High Court headed the commissions constituted to probe the withdrawal of money from these banks in order to give politicians to rig the elections.”

He further observed that the reports were not provided to the court intentionally in order to create hindrance in the proceeding of the case.

The attorney general said the additional secretary issued two notifications on 17-06-94 and 11-01-96 to constitute the commissions.

The chief justice said the reports were not made public as it contained names of many important personalities. He observed that a notable persons like Asghar Khan filed the petition against the two-army generals, as he had many things in his mind.

The court was informed that Lt-Gen (r) Asad Durrani and Younus Habib had engaged Khalid Ranjha and Munir Paracha respectively to plead their case in the court.

The hearing was adjourned till 23rd April.