ISLAMABAD- Hearing the case regarding illegal appointments of NRO beneficiaries, the Supreme Court on Tuesday hinted to again take up Swiss cases matter very soon, the move many legal experts believe may irk President Asif Ali Zardari.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has asked the Prosecutor General NAB that after the disposal of this illegal appointments case, they would examine the matter about bringing back the money, which is lying in Swiss banks because it was public money.

The Chief Justice also said that though the government had written a letter regarding the reopening of Swiss cases, it would be necessary to know about the money, which was lying in Swiss banks.

Meanwhile, the court also directed the NAB to furnish the certified copies of references, which were filed in the matter related to the illegal appointment of Adnan A Khawaja as OGDCL MD and Ahmad Riaz Sheikh as additional FIA director general.  On the query of the bench, PG NAB KK Agha told the bench that NRO judgement case had been implemented and the progress report in this regard was also furnished to the judge, who was monitoring this matter.

The CJ told him that Justice Nasirul Mulk had recused to hear this case; therefore this bench would proceed in this regard.

Regarding the case about the illegal appointments of Adnan A Khawaja and Ahmad Riaz Sheikh, PG NAB submitted that they had filed two references, in which Additional Interior Secretary Ahsan Raja, former Secretary Establishment Division Ismail Quraishi and Deputy Director FIA Urooj ul Hassan were nominated as accused. The court, however, questioned why the names of beneficiaries were not included in the references.

Later on, seeking the certified copy of references, the bench adjourned the hearing until today (Wednesday).