SC hints at summoning NAB chairman, seeks its policy on arrests
In a major development, the Supreme Court on Thursday hinted at summoning the NAB chairman as Justice Umar Atta Bandial remarked that people would not invest in Pakistan because of the anti-graft body, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The remarks came as a three-member bench headed by Justice Bandial directed the NAB to present its policy on arresting the accused and adjourned the hearing till January 6. The chairman should appear in person on the next hearing if the NAB failed to make any progress, the court observed.
As the three-member bench heard the bail pleas filed by Dr Dinshaw and Jamil Baloch in the fake bank accounts case, Justice Bandial expressed his annoyance over the NAB’s performance. He remarked that no action had been taken against the main accused but a person [he was referring to the two seeking bails] was in jail for the last 20 months.
With prosecutor general arguing that the nominated persons were not cooperating, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah described the NAB’s behaviour as biased, saying the anti-graft body’s mechanism reflected the mindset.
“An elderly person was arrested but the remaining 27 people are free,” he remarked. “No one praises the NAB except the NAB chairman and the NAB officials,” the judge observed.
Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, in his remarks, said everyone knew who owned the 62-storey and 42-storey buildings.
On the other hand, Justice Bandial observed that a person filed an application for a plea bargain while sitting in the United Kingdom which was accepted by the NAB. “Who knows better than the NAB that how difficult it is to bring a person from the United Kingdom through Interpol,” he added.
Justice Shah observed, “Everyone knows which two persons get money in Sindh,” and added that a new law was introduced in Sindh to construct a building on Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim’s land.
Meanwhile, Justice Bandial questioned why the NAB didn’t make any decisions on the plea bargain requests of the accused for the last one year. “The NAB isn’t applying its law equally on everyone,” he remarked.