ISLAMABAD - The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday announced that it has decided to tell the parliament about the Supreme Court registrar’s refusal to appear before the committee and send a reference to the legislative house to decide his fate.The PAC had summoned Dr Faqir Hussein to explain court’s position against audit objections raised by auditor general of Pakistan. The registrar did not appear before the parliamentary committee on Tuesday prompting the PAC to hold an in-camera session to decide about the next step against him over his non-appearance for the second time.The PAC in its Tuesday’s session also discussed performance of planning commission and a report on ‘tax evasion by politician’. Following the meeting, PAC Chairman Nadeem Afzal Chan told journalists that the committee would refer the matter to the parliament asking it to decide whether Supreme Court was exempted from getting audited by the Auditor General of Pakistan.“It is indeed an important issue, we cannot exempt the Supreme Court form audit of its accounts. We believe, every department that consumes funds from national exchequer is bound to get audited,” Nadeem Chan said. He said that other departments too might refuse auditing of their accounts if the apex court refused to do so.The Supreme Court of Pakistan has been resisting to auditing of its accounts by the auditor general since 2006, arguing that the court’s expenses were incurred out of consolidated funds rather than public funds, and thus the PAC too was not authorised to review its accounts.The PAC issued a notice to the SC registrar after consulting legal experts, including former presidents of Supreme Court Bar Association, Yasin Azad, Justice (r) Shabbar Raza Rizvi and Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood who opined that the PAC could review the accounts of the Supreme Court and other departments, including Nadra, National Press Trust, Defence Housing Authority and FWD.The Ministry of Law and Justice also told the PAC that it was a competent authority to review audit observations in respect of the accounts of the Supreme Court. Then the committee unanimously decided to summon the SC registrar.It is not the first time that the PAC has challenged the Supreme Court and other institutions which are reluctant to get their accounts audited despite consuming huge funds from the national exchequer. Former PAC Chairman Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had also written a letter to SC registrar to appear before the committee in connection with financial natters.However, the Supreme Court officials never appeared before the committee in this regard. The concerned quarters of the apex court told the PAC that it was the verdict of a full bench of the SC that the court’s expenses were incurred out of consolidated funds rather than public funds, so the PAC was not authorised to review its accounts.