SC rejects NAB's application against Kamran death case
02 February, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court's registrar office has refused to entertain the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) application against its proceedings on the mysterious death of the bureau's investigator Kamran Faisal, who was the part of team that is investigating alleged corruption in rental power plants (RPPs).
The Supreme Court returned NAB's application, saying it contained scandalous language. One NAB official informed that the bureau had in its application raised serious objections over the apex court's proceedings as well as the two-member bench which is hearing the case about the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal.
NAB contended that the court had no power to investigate this matter. Likewise, it also objected to the two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, and attached the copy of its judgement in the Arsalan Iftikhar case as well as news clippings of several newspapers.
Meanwhile, NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha on Friday submitted that in pursuance of the court's earlier order, NAB had filed an application against the court's proceedings in the case, but the SC registrar office had returned it after raising objections. However, the NAB prosecutor general said that he intended to meet NAB Chairman Admiral Fasih Bokhari for a discussion on how to modify and redraft the statement by removing the objections raised by the court, for which he needed time.
Accepting the plea of KK Agha, the court gave ten more days for filing of reservations over the bench after removing the objections raised by the registrar office. Similarly, Attorney General Irfan Qadir also submitted a notification issued by the government by appointing Justice (r) Javed Iqbal to the commission and probe the death of Faisal. However, after going through the notification the bench said that the forum was not a judicial commission rather a commission of inquiry into the death of the NAB officer.
The court also gave conditional exemption to NAB chairman from appearing before the court on the next hearing, but ruled that whenever the court summoned him, he would have to appear before it. Dr Anwar Saeed Chaudhry, an elder of Faisal's family, told the Supreme Court that he would be representing the family of the deceased officer from now on. The court asked him to submit a written contention which would also be handed over to the NAB.
Justice Khawaja again explained why the court was interested in hearing the matter, saying the court wanted to learn about the ramifications and implications of the death of the officer who was probing a very high-profile case, involving the prime minister. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till February 11.