SC bars NAB Chairman from voluntary return of funds


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has barred Chairman of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday from using power he is entitled to over voluntary return of funds.


The court has ordered the department to submit details of the returns made in the past ten years while Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Anwar Zaheer Jamali criticised the law regarding the issue.

The CJP said that NAB provided installment plan for culprits after cutting a deal with them.

The development came in during hearing of the suo moto notice of the law that permitted NAB over the return of funds. Justice Amir Hani Muslim said that a criminal responsible for Rs 100 million is not held accountable after he pays Rs 20 million.

Section 25 of NAB Ordinance was meant to curb corruption and not add to it, he said.

However, Attorney General informed the court that amendment in the laws regarding NAB was underway to which Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed replied that the case would continue to be heard and the government could amend the laws whenever it deemed right.

The hearing of the suo moto action was adjourned until November 7.