Supreme Court (MA) on Thursday raised questions on the performance of the state accountability watchdog and directs its chairperson to review and submit a report on the matter.
A three-member bench, chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmad, hears the case of occupation of welfare plots in the Al-Habib Cooperative Housing Society in the SC Karachi Registry.
Referring to this, Judge Ijazul Ahsan stated that the mosque and school plots were sold. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court expressed displeasure with the housing cooperative registration officer and asked why the allotment was not cancelled.
“What is the state doing? Has the state become powerless? What does NAB do? Why don’t you put them in jail? This problem has been going on for ten years; the government did nothing,” said the chief judge.
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NAB prosecutors said four people had been granted provisional bail in this case and the cancellation of the plot designation was at the discretion of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).
Judge Qazi Mohammad Amin asked what the accountability supervisory investigative officer had done to ensure the arrest of the accused.
“If they are on bail, will it last for centuries?” the top judge asked. The chief judge asked the NAB officer if he should be dismissed for failing to do so.
“We have to notify the chairman of NAB to launch an investigation against you. Investigators should be sent to prison,” the court said.
“Hundreds of cases have been delayed for ten years, and no progress has been made,” the CJP said.
When issuing a notification of the cause of the event to the defendant, the Supreme Court also directed the chairman of the NAB to conduct an investigation into the investigating officer and adjourn the trial until tomorrow.
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