Court: SC to hear today suo moto notice of Kamran Faisal’s death

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo moto notice into mysterious death of Kamran Faisal, National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) investigation officer in Rental Power Projects (RPPS case), and fixed the matter before a two-member bench, which will hear it today (Thursday).

A note was put up by the Supreme Court registrar based on the media reports about the mysterious death of Kamran Faisal to the court. Converting the note into petition, the court fixed it before a two-member bench.

The bench that will hear the matter comprises Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain. During Wednesday’s hearing of the RPPs implementation case, the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the court could not overlook the death of Kamran Faisal.

He remarked that Kamran Faisal’s death was an extremely sad incident, adding that after his death no one could be considered safe in the country. He expressed severe dismay saying that Faisal was found dead on Jan 18, First Information Report (FIR) had not yet been registered.

The court in its order said his shocking incident was a sad commentary on the image of a public institution, which was supposed to be functioning in a free, fair and independent manner, without being influenced or coursed by anyone.

It said, prima facie, it seemed that besides the colleagues of Kamran Faisal, his family members as well as the public at large had shown annoyance and raised grievance and according to their versions, they were not expecting a free, fair and honest investigation because of the involvement of the highly influential, political persons and executive authorities of the country in the RPPs scam.

The court also pointed out that it was a fundamental right of all citizens that their lives and properties must be protected by a State, particularly, of those persons, who honestly and with full dedications, were discharging their functions in order to investigate the allegations against the accused persons, involved in the cases of corruption and the corrupt practices, who were, prima facie, responsible for looting and plundering the wealth of this country, and if there was any failure or disappointment and the facts come into the notice of this court, it also became its duty to look into the matter and independently ensure that the justice was done.