Court: SC summons copy of NAB chairman’s letter to President

ISLAMABAD: Hearing Rental Power Projects RPPs implementation case, a three member Supreme Court bench on Wednesday summoned by today Thursday a certified copy of the letter written by National Accountability Bureau’s NAB Chairman Admiral r Fasih Bokhari to President Asif Ali Zardari.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed also summoned the record of the recipients of the letter to evaluate its legality and motives.

The chief justice said that the court wanted to know the purpose of writing the letter to the President. He noted that writing the letter was an attempt to pressurise the court. He said the letter tantamount to create hatred against the apex court.

He said no one will be allowed to interfere in the court’s proceedings. He said the court will explore the aims and motives behind writing the letter. He said the court will also examine whether the NAB Chairman was authorized under the law to write such a letter.

To a court query, Prosecutor General NAB K.K Agha stated that the NAB Chairman had expressed certain reservations over the court in his letter. The chief justice noted that the court on November 3, 2007 had not allowed a military dictator to interfere in the court’s jurisdiction. He said, in future too, the court will not allow such steps. Meanwhile, the court adjourned further hearing for today Thursday.

The NAB Chairman in his letter to President Asif Ali Zardari has complained that the Supreme Court is unnecessarily pressurising the NAB officials in investigations related to high profile matters, especially the RPPs case.