ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the bail applications of former federal minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi and former joint secretary Aftab Islam for their alleged involvement in the Haj corruption case. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sarmad Jallal Usmani heard the bail applications, filed by Kazmi and Aftab Islam - main accused in the Haj corruption case. The federal government also opposed granting of bail to former minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi. During the proceedings, Additional Attorney General KK Agha said that evidence had been found regarding the involvement of Kazmi, MNA Shagufta Jumani and Aftab Islam in the Haj corruption. He informed the Haj policy was violated and the government would not protect corrupt elements in its ranks. Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani remarked that Rao Shakeel was appointed as Haj Director General notwithstanding a number of cases were pending against him before an accountability court. Justice Khawaja remarked that according to the Haj policy, the pilgrims had to be provided accommodation within an area of two kilometers from Haram, which was not followed. He inquired that who had appointed Ahmad Awais as caretaker of pilgrims in Makkah and Madeena during the last Haj. The honourable judge observed that official passport of Ahmad Faiz, one of the accused in Haj corruption case, was issued on the recommendation of Hamid Saeed Kazmi. He asked that why the government had not taken action against Shagufta Jamani if she was involved in this case. He wondered under what type of governance the country was being run wherein protectors of citizens rights were involved in corruption. After hearing arguments of the additional attorney general and the defendant counsel, the bench rejected the bail applications. Earlier, a trial court and the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had rejected the bail pleas of both the accused. The IHC dismissed the bail pleas on the ground that appointments of Haj Director General Rao Shakeel and Inspector Ahmed Faiz Shafi in Saudi Arabia were made on the directives of Kazmi. The court had noted that in the light of arguments and evidences produced before the court, bail plea of Kazmi could not be admitted. The FIA had informed the court that assets of Kazmi were over Rs30 million, while his monthly income was limited to only Rs 95,000. It was emphasised that bail should not be granted to Kazmi as the Haj corruption case had brought a bad name to the country.