Court: SC issues contempt notice to NAB chief over his anti judiciary letter to President

ISLAMABAD : A three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday issued a show-cause notice for contempt of court to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari over his anti-judiciary letter to President Asif Ali Zardari and directed him to personally appear before it on February 4.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed issued the show-cause for contempt proceedings while hearing Rental Power Projects (RPP) scam implementation case. During the hearing the court reviewed the letter written by the NAB chief to President Asif Ali Zardari.

The court observed that the civil or military executive should not take any unlawful or unconstitutional step on the basis of this letter and noted that parliamentary system was functioning in the country in accordance with the constitution and law. The court also noted that the upcoming general elections were going to held in accordance with the constitution.

At the onset of hearing, in compliance with the court’s Wednesday order, Prosecutor General NAB K.K Agha presented and read out the letter sent by the bureau’s chairman to the President. The chief justice inquired from K.K Agha that ‘as to why such a letter was written’. He also asked K.K Agha to give his opinion over the letter being a lawyer.

The letter written by NAB chairman to the president on January 27 stated that officers of the bureau were under pressure from the institutions of the country. It directly accused members of the superior judiciary of trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming general election.

Addressing his appointing authority, the president, Bokhari cast serious doubts over the role of the Supreme Court which he said “could be seen as pre-poll rigging”. In the last lines of the letter, clearly referring to some remarks made by the chief justice about the RPP case, Bokhari said: “For the wellbeing of our people, justice must be ensured, while protecting them from those who would callously allow ‘the heavens to fall’. Should these issues not be addressed expeditiously, I will regretfully be forced to tender my resignation.”

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