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The Supreme Court (SC) Directs Government To Decide Section 25 (a) NAB Ordinance Matter Within Three Month
The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday granted federation government a three month time to decide on the matter related to Section 25(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jan, 2020 ) :The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday granted federation government a three month time to decide on the matter related to Section 25(a) of the National Accountability Ordinance 1999.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed observed that even those who voluntarily reimbursed the amount would face the consequences of corruption. The Supreme Court has already prevented NAB from offering plea bargains.
The clause was inapplicable until the Parliament would decide on Section 25 (a).
During the outset of hearing, the CJP asked whether the Section 25 (a) of NAB Ordinance had been removed or amended to this Farooq H Naek Advocate pleaded that a private member's bill regarding complete removal of section 25(a) was pending before a senate committee.
He apprised the bench that once the committee approves this bill it would be tabled in the Parliament.
The CJP remarked that according to the NAB law 'first an inquiry would be held then an investigation and testimonies of hundreds of witnesses. This procedure could take up to a lifetime.
Petitioner Asad Kharal said that the case had been pending since 2016 and had not reached a conclusion despite 15 hearings.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked that the court was about to decide the matter. If the petitioner wanted he could give arguments on how Section 25 (a) of the NAB Ordinance 1999 was violating the Constitution.
The CJP asked if Kharal wanted an individual who voluntarily reimbursed money, should also admit to the crime and be considered an offender. He said whether someone was still getting benefit from this section.
Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan noted that the petition pertained to Section 25 (a). This private member bill was authored by Naek not the government.