The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Attorney General (AG) to contact the government for removal of contractual officials while hearing the Hajj corruption case. A seven-judge special bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, had taken notice of a plethora of complaints about corruption and irregularities in Haj arrangements, a private TV reported. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has informed the apex court that contacts of former religious affair minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi have been provided with the accused Ahmed Faiz and Rao Shakeel in Hajj scandal. The Attorney General produced list of contractual police officials including Salahuddin Khattak, Waseem Ahmed, Tariq Jameel, Maj (Retd) Khurram Gulzar, Nadir Hussain Khosa, Din Muhammad Baloch, Lt Col (Retd) Farman Ali, Mian Akhtar Hayat and Asghar Muhammad. The CJ observed that the culture of nepotism should end and appointment should be made as per merit and sought list of FIA and OSD officials. The statement of Zain Sukhera was read in the court in which he admitted that he met with Rao Shakeel in Saudi Arabia in 2010 while Abdul Qadir Gilani was his class fellow in Aitcheson College. On this, Chief Justice Chaudhry observed that the investigation seemed wanting as links are not cleared yet. Justice Javed Iqbal maintained that it seemed as if facts are being ignored due to some influence.