ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the secretary industries and production to submit a report on the recovery of Rs 37 billion losses suffered by the Pakistan Steel Mills due to corruption. Hearing the PSM scam case, a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Mohammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani noted that the secretary was not showing interest in the case. The chief justice observed that Secretary Ministry of Industries and Production Abdul Ghaffar reported that there were Rs 37 billion losses of the PSM, while according a report of the Ministry of Industries and Production, losses have risen to Rs 48 billion. He said besides that the secretary has not taken steps for its recovery and also failed to answer the queries of the bench in a proper manner. He questioned how the money was drained out of the PSM. The chief justice asked the secretary: Whatever steps you have taken so far is only an eyewash as nothing is being done seriously. The CJP said that there was Rs 37 billion losses of PSM but nobody is bothered to take action. Soomro earlier informed the court that the Pakistan Steel Mills losses have risen to Rs 37 billion. He, however, added that the report mentioned was not of the ministry but of the Public Accounts Committee. The secretary said they have issued 142 notices to the defaulters for the recovery of money and the deadline is the 8th of March, 2011, and so far have recovered Rs 160 million. He said that their exercise is separate from the FIAs investigations into the case. The chief justice remarked they do not know whether the court should believe the secretary, the report or the FIA DG because the versions of each are different. He asked the secretary if you would take the responsibility of recovery of PSM money, then we would dispose of the case. During the proceeding, the secretary while responding to court queries was looking left and right. On that Justice Sair Ali stated: It seems you are mentally and spiritually not present in the court. The FIA submitted its report as well. The court noted that although the progress has been shown on paper, but no decisive step has been taken by the agency for the recovery of money.