A two-member bench comprising, Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Munib Akhtar, was hearing the plea at the SC’s Karachi registry. SC ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials to act strictly in accordance with the law over a plea filed by Humair Associates against harassment by the NAB.
The applicant’s lawyer, Advocate Ghulam Shabbir Baloch, argued that NAB should be restricted from taking action. The court noted that the NAB should act in accordance with the law and that it would not be allowed to take illegal measures. Judge Alam said the court will not prevent the NAB from prosecuting.
The defense lawyer said that NAB officials threatened on telephone calls. Threats of arrest without notice are illegal, he added. Judge Alam noted that NAB officials would require the defendant to go to his office and file his statement.
Attorney Baloch stated that no order notice had been sent and that his client’s office had also been sealed. A plea bargain has also been submitted in one of the cases.
The court ruled on Humair Associates’ request by ordering NAB representatives to strictly respect the law and stay within legal limits.
According to NAB, Humair Associates was working on two projects in Scheme 33. They raised funds for housing construction but did not allocate them.
Humair Associates submitted plea in two references in 2014. The residential projects Sachal Sarmast and Rumi were built by Humair Associates. Another 110 people submitted their complaints to NAB. Rumi Builder’s affidavit is filed in court. According to the affidavit, if there are plaintiffs, they will be compensated according to the law.
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17 November, 2019