The Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 15) while hearing a suo motu case concerning the voluntary return of misappropriated funds in graft cases, gave the government three months to bring a new National Accountability Ordinance (NAO).
Federal Cabinet on Friday (Dec 27) approved the circulation summary, and issued the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Amendment Ordinance 2019 after President Dr. Arif Alvi signed it.
An application was filed with the apex court against the amendment to immediately order its suspension while terming it the violation of Article 25 of the Constitution and an attempt to protect corruption.
Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed ordered the government to not prolong the matter, or otherwise, the top court would itself give ruling in the case upon expiry of three months. “The Supreme Court has [already] restricted the NAB from [using] plea bargain,” he said, adding that until legislation in the parliament the plea bargain power could not be used by the authority.
“If any of the NAB provisions is termed “unconstitutional”, the NAB will not stay functional,” he mentioned, while asking does the government wanted the court to order suspension of the NAB ordinance?
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17 November, 2019