SC issues notices to NAB chairman, others

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau NAB chairman, PMLQ leader Faisal Saleh Hayat and PMLN legislator Khawaja Asif, being petitioners in the RPP case.

The notices were issued while hearing a plea filed by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf requesting the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to set up a commission headed by Dr Shoaib Suddle to investigate the allegations of corruption against him in the Rental Power Projects RPP case.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, was hearing a plea filed by the premier through a letter, however was converted into a petition by the court.

During the hearing, the chief justice told Wasim Sajjad, counsel for the Prime Minister, to keep in mind that when the court had already delivered its verdict in the RPP case and the review plea against the verdict had also been withdrawn by the government, PM’s letter had landed.

The chief justice asked Wasim Sajjad to tell the court that what it should do at this stage keeping in view the facts. He said not only the PM, but ten other people were also in the matter. Justice Gulzar Ahmed asked Wasim Sajjad that NAB was the government’s own institution and even then it had no trust over it. The counsel then stated that this was the main difficulty for them.

The chief justice noted that if a premier will question the credibility of the NAB, then what other people will think and take impression from it. He said the PM had written a letter to the chief justice, adding that the chief justice was not a Supreme Court. He said after the court order in the RPP case, constitution of a commission was equal to a review of the whole verdict.

Wasim Sajjad then stated the law did not bar the court from constituting a commission at any stage. “If you quote the example of Arsalan Iftikhar case, then tell us law, we are ready to form the commission”, the chief justice asked to the counsel. He said the government should not have withdrawn the review plea against the RPP verdict.

Wasim Sajjad stated that his client did not want review of the RPP case, but wanted a commission to probe the allegations against him. He said his client had demanded the commission, as he was being alleged that he was influencing the NAB.

Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till March 18.