SC orders AC to complete NICL graft trial within two months

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the accountability court (AC) to complete the trial of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) corruption case within the next two months.

A three-member bench of the SC, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, took the NICL corruption case up for hearing on Wednesday.

The CJP inquired during the hearing regarding the whereabouts of Mohsin Habib. The apex court had ordered to place the name of Mohsin Habib on ECL, however, he fled away abroad

The chief justice further said that according to his information, Mohsin Habib was in London.

“Mohsin Habib has escaped abroad through Afghanistan and it is learnt that he will come back after the new government comes into power,” he observed.

Later, the court ordered the AC to complete the trial within two months.

The scandal from five years ago pertains to financial embezzlement by former NICL chairperson Ayaz Khan Niazi, Mohsin Habib Warraich, then commerce minister (late) Makhdoom Amin Fahim, and several others in the purchase of official land.

Niazi was arrested earlier in March 2018 on the directives of the top court. The SC, in its 2013 verdict, had held that Niazi was appointed as the head of NICL in violation of rules and directed NAB investigations against several top bureaucrats and politicians of the country.

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