CJ orders forensic audit of use of donations collected at Shrines

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Lahore (Web Desk) The Supreme Court on Sunday ordered forensic audit of the use of `Chanda’ (donations) at different shrines in Punjab.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar issued the order while hearing the case pertaining to use of donations at different shrines in the province at SC’s Lahore registry.

Speaking to Auqaf officials, the CJP remarked that people donated their hard-earned money to shrines but “you people were doling it out without any proper usage.” The prosecutor told the court that Rs 820 million were collected at shrines in Punjab. The CJP said the money should be used for providing better facilities to visitors.

The prosecutor said that the donation money was spent on paying salaries and pensions to the employees of the shrines.

The CJP inquired who was the minister of Auqaf. He was told that the government had not yet appointed minister and the director general was heading it. He asked the Aukaf secretary when he last visited the Data Darbar shrine and what measures he had taken for its betterment.

The secretary replied that he had visited Data Darbar six days ago and they were looking into different issues.

The CJP again inquired from secretary about his visits to other shrines during the last six months. Rejecting official report, the CJP ordered forensic audit of donations spending.

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