NAB doesn’t pursue the powerful: SC

Tribune

ISLAMABAD:
The apex court noted on Wednesday that the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) attitude towards accused changes with the change in the government and that the country’s top graft buster never stopped pursuing cases filed against minor officials.

Justice Sardar Tariq Masood said that unfortunately, in many cases, NAB refused to file appeals, while in the case of ordinary Patwaris, the NAB did not stop without appealing.

Justice Masood was part of a three-judge bench – also comprising Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Amin-Ud-Din Khan – hearing a post arrest bail plea of PPP senior leader Khursheed Shah.

NAB accuses Shah of transferring an amnesty plot in the Sukkur Cooperative Society under his name to build a bungalow, and owning hotels, filling stations and bungalows registered under the names of his front men and benami companies.

NAB had arrested Shah on September 18, 2019 from Islamabad. The apex court observed that today, the government used the anti-corruption department to file cases against its own people but entangled its political opponents in NAB cases.

During the course of proceedings, Advocate Makhdoom Ali Khan – counsel for Shah – said nothing was found in an earlier NAB inquiry against the PPP leader and it was closed in 2012. NAB should have sought permission from the court before starting a fresh inquiry, he added.

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