ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has rejected the NAB’s plea for constitution of a larger bench to hear the matter of implementation of SC’s March 30, 2012 judgment on rental power projects (RPPs) corruption.
During the hearing, Prosecutor General NAB KK Agha requested the bench to constitute a larger bench to here the implementation case but Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry told KK Agha that a three-member bench was hearing this case, while a two member bench was hearing a related case, which made it a larger bench.
Appearing on contempt notice, NAB Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari sought time for engaging a counsel. The court asked him if seven days were sufficient for that. Fasih replied, “I will try my best to engage my counsel in the instant case by February 12.” Granting his request, the court adjourned the hearing until February 12.
The NAB chief in the letter to president had blamed the judiciary for hindering the bureau’s work by exerting unnecessary pressure on the NAB officials in different high-profile case, including the RPPs case in which the court had issued arrest orders for PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and other accused. After reviewing the letter, the court on January 31 issued Fasih contempt of court notice, directing him to appear in-person before the court on February 4 for filing of reply and for further proceedings.
The court observed that whatever the NAB chairman has expressed in his letter tantamount to interfering or obstructing the court process.
The bench further said that the chairman had used certain expressions to scandalise the court and its performance that resulted to undermine the authority of the court and bring into hatred of general public, which has confidence over the court.
The court in its order ruled that NAB chairman’s letter should not be made the basis for taking any unconstitutional steps on the part of the civilian or military institutions or even the executive, adding that the parliamentary system was working according to the constitution and law in the country. The order also had ruled that the next general elections should be held on time according to the constitution.