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SC not authorised to meddle in NAB affairs: NAB PG

19 February, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Raising an objection over the Supreme Court's role in monitoring the investigation of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases, prosecutor general NAB contended before the apex court on Monday that law did not permit SC to interfere in NAB affairs.

During the hearing of the suo motu case about the non-implementation of the court's judgment on NRO, Prosecutor General NAB K.K Agha stated it was not the apex court's jurisdiction to monitor NAB investigation in different cases. He said that chairman NAB was not an ordinary investigator as he enjoyed full trust of the Parliament.

On the other hand, a two-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali responded him that the court was not monitoring the NAB investigations but it wanted implementation of its judgements. Justice Jamali also said that SC had the jurisdiction of NAB in this case. KK Agha said that NAB was investigating the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case but the court should not monitor its proceedings in different cases.

In response, Justice Eajaz Afzal, while questioning the role of NAB, said that it had not taken action against the person who ordered illegal appointment of Adnan Khawaja as DG OGDCL. He asked which institution would examine his decision if the NAB chairman disposed of the inquiry of any case.

In reply, the PG NAB said that high court was the proper forum to review the chairman NAB decision. Meanwhile, counsel for Ahmad Riaz Sheikh and Adnan Khawaja, Dr Abdul Basit said that there was no need to monitor this case as the court order had already been implemented. Amid PG NAB was giving arguments in the case, the court adjourned the hearing for a week.

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