Plea Bargain Suo Moto: SC Judges lash out Prosecution, NAB
ISLAMABAD: Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of Supreme Court (SC) during the hearing of the case regarding plea bargain powers of NAB has said that the court would not wait for legislation but will decide the case itself.
Three member bench of SC headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed conducted hearing of Suo Moto taken over voluntarily return of amount from corrupt officials on Wednesday here.
The court ordered Attorney General, Provincial governments and Advocate General Islamabad to submit written reply while rejected the plea to withdraw stay order issued over National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) scheme of voluntary return of looted money.
The plea to withdraw stay order was filed by NAB.
“Voluntary return of looted amount is actually confession of crime and this law personifies crime as benevolence and under the law Chairman NAB has unlimited powers to exercise”, commented Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed.
“The law has been brought after amendment, what a splendid amendment it was”, mocked Sheikh Azmat Saeed.
He interpreted that NAB writes a letter for return of amount to accused when enquiry starts, then scheme of voluntary return starts which means do corruption and return in the real amount in installments, so the court can’t keep eyes closed in this situation.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that NAB releases accused of 0.5 million by only taking 15,000 PKR, Chairman NAB should be summoned over the issue.
The court adjourned the hearing till November 08.