SC seeks removal of NAB DG, PS in RPPs implementation case


Expressing displeasure over the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Thursday, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said no one had been arrested in the Rental Power Projects (RPPs) case given that it was long pending with NAB. Heading a three-member SC bench, the chief justice said if officials could go to Dubai to arrest former OGAR chairman Tauqir Sadiq, why were the people sitting at home not captured? Saying that billions of rupees were misappropriated, the CJP directed NAB officials to brief the court with case-to-case details about the recovery of the plundered money. NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Fauzi Zafar told the court that investigation officer Asghar Khan, who was investigating the RPPs corruption case, had completed his work but had been removed from office. Zafar also solicited more time for a detailed report. Voicing indignation over the removal of the investigation officer, the CJP bristled at Principal Secretary NAB Brig. (r) Farooq Nasir Awan for using the Supreme Court’s reference to remove the investigation officer. On this, Awan extended an apology, offering to tender his resignation. The CJP asked him to go forward and set an example by resigning from his post. The NAB principal secretary also assured to withdraw the notification regarding the sacking of Khan. But, the CJP issued directives for the suspension of the NAB’s director general and principal secretary.