The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the authorities concerned to immediately arrest former chairman of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Tauqir Sadiq and initiate proceedings against him in accordance with the law.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials told the court that the bureau had checked up on all possible addresses to locate the former chairman OGRA and that Sadiq was currently in Lahore and not in the US.
The officials further alleged that Punjab Police was providing protection to Sadiq, who is said to be a close relative of PPP’s Secretary General Senator Jahangir Badar.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry ruled that regardless of address of Sadiq, the former OGRA chief must be arrested.
The chief justice also ordered the initiation of proceedings against Sadiq in accordance with the laws.
On the occasion, the NAB’s prosecutor told the court that a reference had been prepared against Sadiq which would be filed in two days’ time.
Moreover, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said that the NAB’s mandate was to eliminate corruption, adding that the court wanted the implementation of its orders at all costs.
It should be mentioned that on Nov 25 last year, the court had declared the appointment of Sadiq as chairman OGRA illegal and had ordered the NAB to investigate corruption cases against him and submit its findings within 45 days.