SC orders records of NAB cases closed after amendments

The Supreme Court on Wednesday called for a record of all cases that were closed following amendments in the NAB law

  The order was passed by the apex court as it heard a petition by the accountability watchdog to cancel the bail of an accused in a corruption case

  During arguments, the bureau stated that Quetta's corruption case has gone out of NAB jurisdiction, therefore, the application has become ineffective

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial then made remarks during the hearing and noted that no individual has been acquitted due to NAB amendments, but cases are being transferred

The CJP furthered that NAB amendments have been challenged in the SC and that the court has yet to decide on the matter

Read SC takes notice of delay in AGP appointment “What is NAB doing with the cases that are coming back from accountability courts due to amendments?” CJP inquired

To this, NAB’s representative replied that a review committee has been set up for the cases returned from the accountability courts, which is sending the cases to the relevant forum

CJP Bandial then ordered the NAB representative to give the record of the last six months of the cases sent to other forums

Last year, a report submitted by the graft buster to the SC revealed that the amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 2000 by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led coalition government have ended up benefitting over 90 per cent of cases, including high-profile ones, that NAB was dealing with — whether at the inquiry, investigation or trial stage

NAB had submitted the report to the apex court pertaining to the details of cases of public office-holders, including political leaders, which will be affected under the new amendments in the NAB law

Date:02-Feb-2023 Reference:View Original Link