SC refers 56 companies’ case to NAB

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LAHORE – The Supreme Court (SC) on Sunday referred the matter of corruption and mismanagement of 56 public sector companies to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and gave it 10 days to submit report.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar passed the order while heading a three-member bench seized with the hearing of multiple suo motu notices at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry.
“NAB should file reference if it is needed in the matter,” the CJP remarked, adding that the court would order recovery of the money if anyone refuses to return it. Complying with the court orders, chief executive officers of public sector companies appeared before the court on Sunday. Punjab Chief Secretary Akbar Khan Durrani and NAB Lahore DG Shehzad Saleem were also present.
During the proceedings, the CEOs told the bench that their appointment was made on merit but the CJP expressed dissatisfaction with their stance and rejected it. The top judge directed all those officials drawing Rs300,000 and more than this to appear before the NAB. The CJP expressed serious concerns over payment of Rs1.1 million salary to some CEOs, observing that what experience they had to hold such posts.
“It is strange that it is the same contractor who has been given the contract of Orange Line, fast track and other projects,” CJP Nisar said, questioning transparency of the contract of the above said projects.
“Nobody cares about the public money and if anyone refuses to return then we know how to get it recovered,” he remarked. The chief justice directed the NAB to move reference if the reference was needed in any matter. LCWU VC: The Supreme Court removed Uzma Qureshi from the office of vice chancellor of the Lahore College for Women University, with directions to the government to fill the post within 30 days.
A three-member bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar passed the order at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry. The CJP directed the government authorities to appoint the senior most professor of the varsity as vice-chancellor of the university. The CJP observed that the report was against Dr Qureshi, making it clear that injustice would not be done to anyone. The CJP also sought report about the appointment of a Dean of Allama Iqbal Open University. Misbehave with RO in Sargodha: The top court on Sunday also took suo motu notice of misbehave with a returning officer in Sargodha and gave 24 hours to Inspector General Police to submit report.
“We’ll not leave that person who misbehaved with the returning officer,” the CJP remarked, adding that “We gave our judicial officers for free and fair elections.”
“Such behavior could not be tolerated at any cost,” the top judge further remarked. The bench observed that they would deeply look into the matter and would take strict action against the responsible. In a separate case, the Chief Justice of Pakistan directed former MPA Ghulam Dastagir to pay Rs100,000 as maintenance charges to the children. Ghazala Tehseen, the ex-wife of Dastagir, approached the Supreme Court with a complaint, pleading that her former husband had not been paying monthly maintenance charges to her children. The CJP restrained her former husband to blame the complainant and said that the ex-wife, under the law, could lodge even an FIR against her ex-husband. During the hearing, the chief justice also summoned record of the cases pending in the lower courts.

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