IHC summons NAB probe officer in plea against warrants

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued a notice to an investigation officer of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for March 12 on a petition filed by Abdul Ghani Majeed against issuance of his arrest warrants.

Mr Majeed, one of the accused in the money laundering case, has challenged the warrant issued by NAB for his arrest in connection with the purchase of a plot in Karachi.

NAB accused Mr Majeed, son of Omni Group tycoon Anwar Majeed, of illegally purchasing the plot in the Nehr-i-Khayam area of Clifton in Karachi.

In the petition, Mr Majeed contended that NAB authorities had sent call-up notices to his residential address despite knowing that he was under detention in Malir’s district jail in another case.

The petitioner pointed out that the Supreme Court had held that NAB did not have the authority to interfere in purely contractual matters and the allegations levelled against him were contradictory to the principles laid down by the apex court in the case related to misuse of authority.

Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani of the IHC heard the petition.

The NAB prosecutor challenged the maintainability of the petition, saying that the IHC lacked jurisdiction to entertain a matter that was beyond of its territorial jurisdiction.

He pointed out that the case was related to purchase of a plot situated in Karachi within the territorial jurisdiction of the Sindh High Court and the matter was being investigated by the NAB regional directorate in Sindh.

The court asked the prosecutor whether NAB could issue arrest warrants from Islamabad in an inquiry pending in another province.

The prosecutor said that the NAB chairman had the authority to issue arrest warrants for a person anywhere in Pakistan.

The court summoned the investigation officer and adjourned the further hearing till March 12.

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