ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad Accountability Court on Monday directed the National Accountability Bureau to present final challan of former Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority chairman Tauqir Sadiq's corruption case in next hearing.
Meanwhile, Tauqir has also challenged his 3-year conviction in absentia for the multi-billion corruption by the court.
Tauqir, who is the prime accused in the 82 billion rupees mega corruption scam, was awarded 3-year imprisonment by an accountability court of Rawalpindi on May 7 under section 31-A of the NAB Ordinance 1999 after he did not appear before the court despite repeated notices.
Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir was hearing the OGRA corruption case. During the hearing, Tauqir Sadiq was produced in the court.
Investigation Officer of NAB, Muhammad Waqas informed that the final challan would be finalised till the first week of November. He said that over 20 witnesses have been included in the challan. He told the court that the challan was dispatched to experts concerned for verification after which, the NAB chairman would approve it. He said that three to four weeks were required for submission of final report in the court.
The court remarked that it was necessary to present the challan before the court within 14 days. The court adjourned the hearing till November 4.
Meanwhile, Tauqir Sadiq has also challenged his 3-year conviction in absentia for the multi-billion corruption by the Accountability Court. He told the court in the petition that he was convicted through baseless and false statements given by NAB against him in the court. On this, the court summoned reply from NAB in the next hearing.