SC rejects petition seeking NAB chairman’s ouster


ISLAMABAD: A petition filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seeking ouster of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal was rejected by the Supreme Court (SC) registrar on Wednesday.

In his objections, the registrar stated that the petitioner failed to approach another ‘appropriate’ forum for action, without providing justification for not doing so.

The petition was moved by a PML-N leader on Saturday seeking removal of the NAB chairman for levelling allegations of money laundering against Nawaz Sharif.

The petition filed by Noor Mohammad Awan under Article 184(3) of the constitution prayed that the court should remove the NAB chairman for “damaging the reputation of a political leader without any cogent material and causing reckless loss to the institution as he could not hold office due to partiality and unable to work with fairness”.

The petition read that politicians generally level baseless allegations against their rivals to secure their political goals and motives. “The removal of NAB chairman is inevitable to meet the ends of justice,” it added.

The NAB chairman had taken notice of alleged money laundering of $4.9 billion to India and ordered an investigation against former premier Nawaz Sharif on May 8.