Interior minister Rehman Malik Thursday submitted a written apology to the Supreme Court in reference to the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) corruption case.


The Supreme Court had taken a suo moto action against the corruption charges against PSM.


Rehman Malik’s involvement in the case began when he formulated a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) joint investigation team to probe the Steel Mills corruption case. This step by the interior minister did not impress the apex court.


The Supreme Court had issued a contempt of court notice to Interior Minister Rehman Malik for “unnecessary transfers” of officials conducting the probe, on December 17, 2009.


Malik told reporters after he submitted apology that he is trying to boost the scope of investigations by his decision.


“I started the investigation because National Assembly told me to give details. I presented myself to the Supreme Court because I want to gain respect and not embarrassment.”


He informed journalists that the apex court told him that he will be heard later which suits him as the government will complete its term in few weeks.


“I will be free of all duties and present my case properly.”


Rehman Malik said that he had submitted a written apology and emphasised that he had always respected judiciary and courts and will continue to do so.


Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry directed the director-general of FIA to hand over all investigation records to NAB in May last year.


The court expressed dissatisfaction at the FIA’s investigation.