The Supreme Court has accepted an application for hearing by leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan against the appointment of Chairman NAB (Retd) Admiral Fasih Bokhari and send the case to the chief justice for establishment of a larger bench.
On Tuesday, a three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani heard the case. Akram Sheikh, counsel for Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, in his arguments said that appointment of NAB chairman was a matter of public importance for which consultation between the prime minister and leader of the opposition has been laid down in the constitution.
Asma Jehangir, counsel for chairman NAB, said that the Supreme Court has limited power as far as matter of human rights was concerned. She said application against chairman NAB can not directly be filed in the Supreme Court.
Attorney General Irfan Qadir submitted that important legal points were involved in the case and the case be heard by a larger bench.
The court issued notices to chairman NAB and the attorney general for their replies.