ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court Tuesday issued notices to the prime minister’s younger son Ali Musa Gilani and Principal Secretary Khushnood Lashari in a case involving illegal sale of an imported chemical, ephidrine.It also ordered cancellation of recently made transfers and postings in the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) ordering the federal government to restore all ANF officials to their position of March 6, 2012.Earlier the same day ANF had also requested the interior ministry to add Musa Gilani and Lashari’s names to the Exit Control List, but later during the day Musa left for South Africa.A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a petition of ANF Regional Director Brig Faheem Ahmed regarding the transfer of officials in the counter-narco agency, allegedly to save prime minister’s son and his secretary who have been named in the scandal of import of ephidrine – a proscribed chemical used in medicines.ANF officials reportedly informed the chief justice that narcotics secretary was trying to protect Musa Gilani. The chief justice said this was a sensitive issue, where they needed to tread carefully. The bench directed the government not to transfer any officer without the court permission and ANF Brigadier Faheem was ordered to assume the charge of his office and proceed in the investigation without any influence.The court also issued notices to Ministry of Narcotics Control acting Secretary Zafar Abbas, the health secretary, Attorney General for Pakistan, ANF ex-DG Major General Shakeel Hussain, Brig Faheem and the directors of two pharmaceutical companies. The court said that if anyone wants to record statement on behalf of Ali Musa Gilan or Khushnood Lashari then fair trial be accorded.Brigadier Faheem himself and his counsel Akram Sheikh appeared before the court. Brig Faheem told the court that Mr Lashari approved the import quota of prohibited chemicals when he was the health secretary and now Musa Gilani was protecting his secretary Tauqeer and hindering fair investigation.The chief justice said that there should be no mala fide in the investigation of the case. Akram Sheikh told the court that in order to give additional charge of ANF DG to the Narcotic Ministry acting secretary an SRO was issued in back date. According to that amendment was made in ANF Act 1997.The chief justice said it was very serious matter. The court inquired from Brig Faheem about the investigation by Mohsin S Haqqani and Dr Obaidullah on the order of Federal Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabud Din when Sohail Ahmed was the ANF secretary, who was also transferred.Brig Faheem informed the court that they issued three summons to Musa Gilani but neither he presented himself for investigation nor responded to any summon. “When we approached the court regarding the matter, we were transferred.” “We also issued summon to Tauqeer Ali Khan, private secretary of Musa Gilani, but he also did come to record his statement.“Akram Sheikh said all the state machinery wanted to protect the big personality, adding the incumbent secretary law has given his opinion in this case against the law. Brig Faheem said that Mr Zafar Abbas has taken all the record of the case in his possession. He said as long as he would hold the post he would not allow anyone to proceed in the investigation. He further said that whole state machinery is against the investigation team.Brig Faheem submitted a written affidavit about his meeting with PM’s secretary Khushnood Lashari. According to the affidavit after the registration of an FIR, notice was issued to Lashari for recording his statement. Brig Faheem stated that for the compliance of the notice he went with IO (investigation officer) Abid Zulfiqar to Lashari’s office at PM Secretariat on March 24.“Where on the desire of Mr Khushnood Akhtar Lashari and his assurance to bring the real facts to light, I had a separate meeting with him in his office, where he discussed/conveyed the following to me in a maligning and threatening manner, because he being one of the prime (abettor/associate/facilitator) in the case wanted to make full use of his present appointment/office to suppress/distort/misdirect investigation against himself and Ali Musa Gilani.”“Mr Khushnood Akhtar Lashari said father of Ali Musa Gilani is very upset and worried due to the summon issued to him. He said that if ANF focuses on two pharmaceutical companies only and spare others, ANF will be fully supported; both companies will be ruined and state machinery will be with you.... He said you know civil military relations have recently improved... He (Lashari) said that all depends on you (Brig Faheem); only you can save us from chaos and upheavals... He further said in a sarcastic manner and meaningful expression that ANF is being commanded and controlled by army officers… He asked to spare Ali Musa Gilani… He said this is a matter of national Interest.”In the affidavit Brig Fahmeen further stated that after that several attempts were made to change the direction of the case investigation. During the proceeding, Brig Faheem informed the court that he and his investigation officer Abid Zulfiqar was transferred on April 9, 2012, while earlier ANF DG Major-Gen Shakeel Hussain was transferred and the charge was given to Anti-Narcotics Ministry acting Secretary Zafar Abbas.The court was informed that in January, 2011 a question in this regard was raised in National Assembly and Federal Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin made a statement for conducting investigation and accordingly a committee was constituted, which had submitted its report, but this report has not so far been brought on the assembly record. ANF Secretary Sohail Ahmed was transferred.It was pointed out that after passing of order by this court on 29-3-2012, when the directions were given to the ANF to proceed with the matter, SRO No.282(1)/2012 was issued with back date (21-3-2012) in pursuance whereof an amendment was made in earlier notification No.SRO.594(1)/1997 dated 7-7-1997.The court observed that matter is under probe and some of the accused persons have approached Islamabad High Court for grant of bail, and their cases are also pending, which are required to be decided in accordance with law. But after having taken into consideration the above facts and circumstances of the case, prima facie “we are of the opinion” that transfer/posting of ANF DG Maj-Gen Shakeel Hussain, Regional Director Brigadier Faheem Ahmed and Deputy Director Abid Zulfiqar, in colorable exercise of powers, is not free from extraneous consideration. The hearing was adjourned till April 20.