SHC seeks details of action taken against NAB delinquent officers

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman to file comments on accusations of assigning the officer, for investigations and inquiries to, who was himself allegedly involved in taking bribe from the suspects.

A two-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh was hearing a petition of the corruption watchdog against the decision of an accountability court that had refused to entertain the case against NAB investigator Kamran Janawari.

During the hearing the court came down hard on the NAB chief remarking, “Your officer was allegedly involved in corruption. How is he conducting investigations and inquiries?”

The chief justice asked the NAB prosecutor and remarked that the country’s top anti-graft institution seemed to have double standards.

During the previous hearing the chief justice had observed that on the one hand NAB filed petition against its officer, and on the other hand he was being assigned investigations by the NAB director general, Sukkur, Fayyaz Qureshi.

In Wednesday’s hearing, the bench asked the NAB prosecutor as to what disciplinary action was taken against the delinquent officer.

The prosecutor informed the judges that the departmental action was initiated against the NAB officer and he would not be promoted for five years.

The bench directed the NAB prosecutor to ensure the filing of comments of NAB director general and put off the hearing to March 11.