ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a comprehensive report from National Accountability Bureau (NAB), asking as to who facilitated the former chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, Tauqir Sadiq, to go abroad.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heading a two-member bench reviewed interim reports, submitted by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Highways & Motorway Police Inspector General and NAB in pursuance of the court orders over Tauqir Sadiq's arrest and non-implementation of court orders.
Inspector General National Motorway & Highway Police Zafar Abbas Luk informed the court that two senior patrolling officers of motorways, one from Rawalpindi and another from Lahore, have been suspended for not circulating the message pertaining to Tauqir Sadiq to the concerned check posts timely. Justice Jawad asked the Motorway Police as to why they took action now whereas the issue of Tauqer Sadiq happened on December 10.
During the course of hearing, Director (Legal) FIA Azim Khan apprised the bench that two passports of Tauqir Sadiq were cancelled whereas the agency contacted the Interpol to arrest him. The court was informed that red warrant against the fugitive could not be issued because he was not declared absconder by the National Accountability Court.
Deputy Prosecutor General NAB Fozi Kazim told the bench that due to vacant post of the Administrative Judge in the National Accountability Court, Tauqir Sadiq was not declared absconder in the instant matter. Upon that Deputy Attorney General Dil Muhammad Alizai said that Lahore High Court is the competent authority to appoint Judge in the Accountability Court, adding that Attorney General Office informed the Registrar Lahore High Court on July 9, 2012 but so far no response was received regarding appointment of judge in the Accountability Court.
Justice Khawaja remarked that the NAB should have filed a petition over non-appointment of a judge in the Accountability Court and directed the most senior judge of the Accountability Court to perform duties as Administrative Judge AC. The court also sent copy of the order to the Registrar Lahore High Court.
Justice Khalji Arif Hussain said that we are told that foreigners come to the country and creating problems. "But we don't know who come and go from the country as there is no mechanism to keep a check upon them. Is this not a failure of the authorities concerned". Justice Jawad Khawaja noted that the illegal infiltration of foreigners in the country is increasing, which is not in the interest of the country.
The bench also stated that possibility could not be ruled out that he might have left the country by any launch. He also stated that people also cross the borders illegally through launches and we don't understand what the Coast Guards are doing there? He said that many foreigners including Uzbek, Afghan, Iranians and other nationals cross the borders on food and they also smuggle illegal vehicles to the country.
The hearing was adjourned till January 10.