Court: Non arrest of OGRA’s former chief depicts agencies’ failure: SC

ISLAMABAD: Heading a two-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja observed that non-arrest of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s OGRA former chairman Tauqir Sadiq, involved in Rs83billion scam, depicted the utter failure of the country’s law enforcing agencies.

He observed this when the bench also comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain was told by the Federal Investigation Agency’s FIA Director Legal Azam Khan that he had no credible information about the arrest of Tauqir Sadiq in United Arab Emirates UAE.

To a court query, Azam Khan stated that Tauqir Sadiq was traced out in UAE and he was under strict surveillance. Expressing dismay over the dissatisfactory, confusing and contradictory statements of FIA about the arrest of Tauqir Sadiq, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja noted that mere confusion was being propagated over the last four weeks about the arrest of Tauqir Sadiq.

He said seven law enforcing and investigating agencies of the country even in their collective efforts had so far been failed to arrest Tauqir Sadiq, which was alarming as well as funny.

He said punitive action would be taken against the FIA and police officials if the court found that they were involved in any kind of assistance to Tauqir Sadiq. He said prima facie the state agencies had proved that there was no law in the country for a rich person.

He said according to the report of Punjab police, Tauqir Sadiq fled the country from Karachi. The court directed the FIA and police to positively arrest Tauqir Sadiq and produce him before it on next hearing.

The court was also informed by an investigation officer of National Accountability Bureau NAB that a joint investigation team consisting of NAB, FIA and police officials will leave for Dubai during the course of the day to arrest Tauqir Sadiq.

The court directed the NAB investigator to inquire information from the Dubai authorities that how Tauqir Sadiq reached there and inform the court. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing till Jan 17.

Tauqir Sadiq is accused of misusing authority, embezzling funds and causing Rs 83 billion losses to the national exchequer. He allegedly converted operating income regular income into non-operating income in violation of an agreement signed with the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, and is accused of relocating several CNG stations and illegal appointments.

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