The Supreme Court on Thursday issued contempt of court notice to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Fasih Bokhari over a letter written to President Asif Ali Zardari, a private TV channel reported.
The apex court was hearing Rental Power Projects (RPP) implementation case where the letter was presented for review.
In it’s order, the apex court stated that the letter could be the basis for the civil or executive to take unconstitutional steps, adding that the system was working according to the constitution.
Apex court has also summoned Bokhari before court on Feb 14.
On Wednesday, a three-member SC bench had summoned a certified copy of the letter written by Bokhari to the president.
On the other hand, Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek said earlier today that the president has sought legal advice over the letter.
Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, the minister said that if NAB chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari has directly submitted his resignation in the letter, then President Zardari would take action.
He further said the ministry was examining all legal aspects of the letter especially with regard to whether it contains a resignation.
In a letter dated Jan 27 and dispatched from the chairman’s home address in Chak Shahzad Farms, Park Road, Bokhari had directly accused members of the superior judiciary of trying to influence the outcome of the coming general election.
Addressing his appointing authority, the president, Bokhari cast serious doubts over the role of the Supreme Court which he said “could be seen as pre-poll rigging”.
The letter was released to the media on Monday.
NAB spokesman Zafar Iqbal confirmed the contents of the letter which he said had been formally delivered to the president’s secretariat.